Item #8469 Free All Political Prisoners!
Free All Political Prisoners!
Free All Political Prisoners!

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Free All Political Prisoners!

New York and San Francisco: American Documentary Films, ca. 1971. Brochure, 8.5” x 3.75”, six illus. panels on single blue sheet. CONDITION: Very good.

A catalog of Black liberation films, with sale and rental prices, on three prominent political prisoners (Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, and David Hilliard) as well as on “Those Who Were Killed” (Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.) and other “Related” subjects, including Huey Newton, Black Vietnam War veterans, and the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention protests. “Angela: Like It Is” includes an interview with Davis in which she describes prison conditions shortly after her arrest in December of 1970, as well as a “televised panel discussion” with “attorney Margaret Burnham, editor Joe Walker of Mohammed Speaks, and Charlene Mitchell, a leader of the Angela Davis Defense Committee and former presidential candidate for the Communist Party.” “Stagolee–A Conversation with Bobby Seale In Prison” covers systemic racism, poverty, and fascism, as well as “his vision for the development of his people and a just society.” Numerous political prisoners, including Eldridge Cleaver, Ruchell McGee, Rap Brown, and the Soledad Brothers, are named on the front panel.

American Documentary Films, Inc., was a non profit educational organization “dedicated to the production and distribution of films which explore the causes and effects of social problems and stimulate a public search for solutions.” In addition to Black Liberation, the organization offered films on capitalism, imperialism, Vietnam, histories of and movements in “Cuba, Spain & Latin America,” “China,” Russia, Africa, and more. In their own words: “We feel that the mass media of the United States has largely shirked this social duty in the interest of making money. Therefore, our emphasis is on education, not profit…Through your purchase or rental of an ADF film, you participate in the creation of increased social awareness in the United States.”

No copies recorded in OCLC. We locate one example, at UMass Amherst.

REFERENCES: “American Documentary Films, Inc.,” at Northeastern University online.

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