Podcast #2 – ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ and Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

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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.

For more on documentaries, check Chris’s Documentary Channel Blog and follow us on Twitter at @DSWalber and @TheFilmCynic

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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


Watch the Docs:

Hoop Dreams on NetflixHulu and Amazon Instant

Gates of Heaven on Hulu

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga DVD on Netflix

Where to find Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 on Netflix

Kon-Tiki on Amazon Instant Prime and Hulu

Party Monster: The Shockumentary on iTunes


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“The Realness” is a weekly podcast about documentary film. Hosts Daniel Walber and Christopher Campbell discuss new and classic titles, genres, methods, ethics and other important topics regarding non-fiction cinema. Sometimes they’re joined by filmmakers and other figures from the documentary community.

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