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“Freeing Silvia Baraldini” with Filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas
December 12, 2010 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
The award-winning documentary Freeing Silvia Baraldini (2009), by filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas, is a profound inquiry into the life of an Italian woman who became an American radical. It records the life of former political prisoner Silvia Baraldini, who was arrested by the FBI in 1982 and sentenced to 43 years in prison. She spent 24 years in prison following her conviction of helping free Black Panther, Assata Shakur from Prison. Her story reaches into the intimate corners of a fragile alliance of U.S. revolutionaries, African-American, Puerto Rican and white, who united in their respect for self-determination. Silvia’s story exemplifies the enduring, human spirit within the resistance movements as well as the repressive measures waged against them. Pelletier and Thomas unlock a chapter in U.S. radical politics that has been, until now, sequestered by the U.S. government.
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