Free Angela and All the Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch, 2013) 1 hr 42 min.
Contemporary psychoanalysis as a field is struggling to make sense of racism and culturally imposed trauma. The final report of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis was published this past June. In discussing this 2013 documentary, the NCP Film & Mind series picks up one of its recommendations, urging “Talk with others about the Report’s findings and recommendations, and the implications for the [psychotherapy] communities of which you are a part.”
In their NY Times review, Nicolas Rapold wrote, “Shola Lynch’s documentary about Angela Davis, the activist and beacon of counterculture radicalism, is a snappily edited, archivally wallpapered recollection of fearless behavior in the face of an antsy establishment. But it’s equally significant as a pointed act of retelling.” The film tells the complex story of Angela Davis, presently a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, whose social activism led to her name on the FBI’s most-wanted list.