Director Emmanuel Afolabi uses archival footage of Davis and her impassioned advocation for the black community to bring the film to life.



'Angela' Celebrates Angela Davis In Honor of Black History Month

Before we wrap up Black History Month, we’re turning the spotlight to Director and Cinematographer Emmanuel Afolabi and his new film, Angela. Paying tribute to one of the most legendary activists of our time, Angela Davis, Afolabi uses a combination of his own filming (with actress Della Orrey portraying Davis) and archival footage to bring her story to life. Narrated by Davis’ own voice, Angela walks us through some of Davis’ most stirring and powerful messages, empowering a whole new generation of activists who will watch—and be consequently reinvigorated as a result.

“As a filmmaker, I wanted my work to speak for the marginalized communities and Angela Davis is an iconic figure in the 70s who not only fought racial discrimination in the prison system but also speaks about the black women who are being marginalized and the unfair distributions of opportunities in the black community,” Afolabi says. “I wanted Angela Davis’ voiceover to be about women and advocating for the black community. I also wanted to portray Angela Davis in a humanistic way.”

Clearly, Afolabi succeeded in his mission to serve up a cinematic, larger-than-life depiction of the legendary Angela Davis. Watch the full film above and see for yourself.

Director and cinematographer: Emmanuel Afolabi
Cast: Della Orrey
AD: Lipmann Wong
AC: Elsa Riviere
PA: Shunsuke Funakoshi
Edited by Maya Rivera
Photographer: Ray Spears & Lipmann Wong
wardrobe stylist: Liana Vine

Additional cast: Jennifer Abu, Temi Ola, Pesi Therese
Music: “Free Angela” Composed by Todd Cochran, TOCO Music, ASCAP
Archival footages and research by Renata Cherlise of

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