The film will focus on the militant activist’s work and the trajectory of her life.
A new film about the life and legacy of Black revolutionary Angela Davis is in the works.
“Angela Davis: An Autobiography” will focus on the militant activist’s work and the trajectory of her life. Forest Whitaker will serve as executive producer, and Sidra Smith, the person behind the 2012 documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” will be co-producer.
Davis herself will also serve as an executive producer along with her niece, playwright Eisa Davis. One of Whitaker’s upcoming films also includes Ryan Coogler’s Marvel flick Black Panther.
Davis was a leader of the U.S. Communist Party in the 1960s. After her allegiances were discovered in 1969, she was dismissed from her role as acting assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
She was also a former member of the Black Panthers.
In 1970, she was charged with murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy for suspected involvement in a courtroom shootout but was later acquitted of all charges. She returned to academia soon after, publishing a number of books about civil and women’s rights, racism, healthcare and prison reform as well as poverty and grassroots resistance.
Now a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Davis’ most iconic books include the 1981 classic, “Women, Race and Class” and the 2003 book, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”