Film: "Angela, Portrait of a Revolutionary"

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Sts): A, C, E to 14 St. (south exits to 14th & 8th Av.; L to 8th Av. (at 14th); #1, 2, 3 to 14 St.(south exits to 12th St. & 7th Av.); PATH to Christopher St. (nr. Hudson St.); F, M to 14 St (at 6th Av.); B, D to W. 4 St. (north exits to Waverly & 6th Av.); maps below)

Angela, Portrait of a Revolutionary
March 4th, 2013 7:30 PM
Women's History Month Film Screening
Angela, Portrait of a Revolutionary
Yolande Du Art | 60 minutes | 1972 | Germany

In celebration of International Working Women's Day and Women's History Month, the Brecht Forum presents a rare screening of Yolande Du Art's Angela, A Portrait of a Revolutionary. Produced in 1972, the film is a look at African American professor, activist and then Communist Party leader Angela Davis. Angela Davis, was born in Alabama and studied philosophy in Germany under the direction of Herbert Marcuse, one of the leaders of the Frankfurt School. Davis, who taught at UCLA was fired from her teaching position for her membership in the Che Lumumba Club of the Communist Party.

Davis was placed on the FBI's most wanted list after the Marin Courthouse rebellion that took the life of Jonathan Jackson (brother of famed political prisoner and writer George Jackson.)

The police search for Davis made her a revolutionary icon and her subsequent arrest made her a symbol of global movement to free all poliitcal prisoners in the United States. The documentary was directed by Yolande Du Art, a German expat who studied in the Sorbonne and was part of the Situationist Internaional. Du art met Davis while studying film at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).