Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners
April 17, 2017 | Alexa Joy
Black Space Winnipeg and Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque are pleased to present a cinematic tribute to Angela Davis. Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960's. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for "Power to All People."
This is the second installment of Black Space Winnipeg and Cinematheque's film series. After screening the critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck for Black History Month, this further developed into a relationship each organization value in the hope to promote education and awareness around narratives and themes of race, identity, class and exploring Black cinema. During the double feature there will be a panel discussion curated by Black Space Winnipeg with panelists from the University of Winnipeg and members of the community to explore the work and life and Dr. Davis in anticipation of her visit to Winnipeg on May 6, 2017 at Knox United Church presented by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in partnership with Black Space Winnipeg and QPOC Winnipeg.
As Winnipeg impatiently waits for Angela Davis' visit in May, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners will facilitate dialogue and education on the life and crucial work Dr. Davis has contributed to social movements and grassroots activism. Join us at either screening time (6 pm or 9 pm) and stay for a panel curated by Black Space Winnipeg at 8 pm in Platform Centre at Artspace in the heart of the Exchange District. Tickets can be purchased online at our Eventbrite page (see photo below for further information).