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free angela and all political prisoners film premiere in downtown santa cruz

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 2:30am to Friday, May 31, 2013 - 2:30am
Nickelodeon Theater
210 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, a new film released in April will make its premiere in downtown Santa Cruz at the Nickelodeon Theater on May 28th and 30th at 7:30 PM in support of the legacy of African American leaders in America!

Angela Davis is a retired professor from the University of California Santa Cruz. She was accompanied in the movement by fellow colleague, Dr. Bettina Aptheker, professor in the History of Consciousness at UCSC. Bettina is mentioned significantly in the film (primarily to frame the narrative) and will be present at both screenings for a Q&A after the screening. She wrote a book about Angela's trial, The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis, and was part of the filmmaking process.

Free Angela is a documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles into a 70's revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.


Presented by UCSC's DANM undergraduate researchers led by graduate student, Jonathan Menendez (DANM '14), and to launch their fundraisier for the development a mobile application for activism, community and diversity.

Free Angela Movie Trailer            

Free Angela Facebook Event            


Audience must reserve their tickets in advance to ensure screening. Please feel free to contact Tania Ramos Lopez with any questions at or (408)757-2190.