BET Networks Continues Its Black History Month Celebration with the Broadcast Premiere of FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, Wednesday, February 26 at 10 PM ET/PT About Social Activism Icon Angela Davis

Feb 20, 2014
By ViacomCBS Staff

The Political-crime-drama Documentary, Will Kick Off BET’s New Movie Programming Block “Keeping It Reel” Airing Every Wednesday Night

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BET continues to celebrate Black History Month and showcase the range, richness and diversity of the African-American experience with the broadcast network premiere of FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS—Premieres, Wednesday, February 26 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET. The Political-crime-drama Documentary, will kick off BET’s New Movie programming block “Keeping It Reel” airing every Wednesday night.

Hailed by the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as “a fascinating chronicle of justice and strength,” FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS tells the dramatic story of how a young professor’s social justice activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a bloody shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. In this historical vérité style documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy, Angela Davis recounts the politics and actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner. At its core, the story wrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government. Strong, attractive, and engaging, Angela Davis is one such person who became a symbol at the center of this still relevant power struggle.

FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS is a film by Shola Lynch, presented by Realside Productions, Black Entertainment Television Networks and De Films en Aiguille, in association with Direct Cinema and the participation of Direct 8, with major support from La Region Ile-de-France, Canal Plus and the Ford Foundation Produced by Carole Lambert, Shola Lynch, Carine Ruszniewski, and Sidra Smith. Directed and written by Shola Lynch. Executive Producers Overbrook Entertainment and Roc Nation. FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS was distributed theatrically by Codeblack Films a Lionsgate company.

BET’s Black History Month lineup continues to encompass an array of culturally dynamic films, original series and specials including: the annual THE BET HONORS. Celebrating its seventh year with new host Wayne Brady, The BET Honors celebrates and recognizes the gifts and contributions of six African American exceptional leaders. This year’s show premieres Monday, February 24th at 9:00 P.M.* ET/PT and will celebrate the achievements of Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ken Chenault, Carrie Mae Weems and Ice Cube. Additionally on February 24 immediately following BET Honors, BET will premiere its third annual Oscar special, BET TAKES HOLLYWOOD, hosted by Shaun Robinson.

For more information on “Free Angela And All Political Prisoners”, “BET Honors” and “BET Takes Hollywood” visit Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #FreeAngela #BETHonors #BETHollywood; follow the film and shows for all updates @BET.

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