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MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING features conversations that span 13 years between two formidable women whose lives and political work remain at the epicenter of the most important civil rights struggles in the US. Through the intimacy and depth of conversations, we learn about Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist and 88-year-old Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community activist and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee's shared experiences as political prisoners and their profound passion for justice. On subjects ranging from the vital but largely erased role of women in social movements of the 20th century, community empowerment, to the prison industrial complex, war and the cultural arts, Davis' and Kochiyama's comments offer critical lessons for understanding our nation's most important social movements and tremendous hope for its youth and the future.

This award-winning film was the recipient of a post-production residency award from the Wexner Center for the Arts.  Quan and Griffith co-edited the film with Paul Hill. MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING is distributed by Women Make Movies. 

PHOTO: H. L. T. Quan, Angela Y. Davis, Yuri Kochiyama, S. K. Thrift and C. A. Griffith in Davis's home. Oakland, CA 2008.

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Mountains that Take Wing

angela davis & yuri kochiyama:

a conversation on life, struggles & liberation

(2009 - 97 mins - USA)

screenings INCLUDE

 

  • frameline: the san francisco INTERNATIONAL LGBT film festival

  • SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

  • JAPANESE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

  • COMMFEST GLOBAL COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL - CANADA

  • SOME PREFER CAKE: BOLOGNA LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL - ITALY

Incomplete list. It's difficult to track screenings after 2010 when we got a distributor. 

If you know of screenings not included here, please contact us to let us know. Thanks!

 

*   Filmmakers in attendance

** Benefit screening. Filmmakers in attendance

2009

  • October 31: University of California Santa Cruz.* Angela Davis: Legacies in the Making: A Symposium Recognizing the Academic, Activists and Cultural Interventions of a Contemporary Visionary. Special event with Angela Y. Davis and Yuri Kochiyama. October 31-November 1.

2010

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