‘The Realness’ Episode 2: ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ and Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

Podcast #2 – 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners' and Fiction Remakes: Libsyn Player

This week we review Shola Lynch‘s new film, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, and its “historical vérité” approach to biographical documentary. Then, inspired by Lynch’s own thoughts about making the story of Angela Davis into a biopic, we discuss fiction adaptations of documentaries. Do they help documentaries find an audience, or are they too often simply blander, inaccurate versions of the original? Finally, we take a moment to remember Roger Ebert’s championing of documentary film over the years, and recommend some of his favorites and ours.

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  • Intro: 00:00–1:39
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: 1:40–24:03
  • Remaking Documentaries as Fiction Films: 24:05–45:43
  • Rogert Ebert and Weekly Doc Recommendations: 46:01–58:20


  • Follow Free Angela and All Political Prisoners on Facebook for more info about screenings
  • Max Roach performing Triptych with Abbey Lincoln on YouTube
  • Read Chris’s interview with director Shola Lynch here
  • Roger Ebert’s blog post on Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

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