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Angela Davis documentary gets its day(s) in theaters

Angela Davis seemed to be everywhere in the late ’60s and ’70s, her towering Afro untroubled by political winds blowing around her and her fist thrust in the air to claim attention. And more than four decades later, darned if that isn’t the case around this region.

The 2012 documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” is getting up to six showings over the next four weeks in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.

Shola Lynch’s film revisits the life of the young college assistant professor, whose social activism implicated her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ended with four people dead and her name on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. (She was jailed in 1970 but acquitted of all charges in 1972.)

The May 14 screening is sold out. The one on May 13 is getting there. Some others may or may not happen, because they require purchase of a minimum number of advance tickets to take place. (You can get details at tugg.com/events.)

Right now, this is the schedule: May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Northlake; May 14 at 7 p.m. at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre (sold out); May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Pavilion; May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Carolina Pavilion; May 29 at AMC Concord Mills; June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre.

Deborah Walker, senior consultant at Visions Inc., will lead a post-film discussion at 11:30 a.m. on May 18 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center at 551 S. Tryon St. (She and the center co-sponsor the May 14 screening.) Admission to that discussion is free with admission to the center, and thus free for members. There’s a limit of 100 guests, so the center asks people to reserve seats at ganttcenter.org.

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