FREEING SILVIA
PRODUCTION MARGO PELLETIER & LISA THOMAS
DURATION 52 MIN.
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
DATE 2009
SYNOPSIS

Silvia Baraldini moved from Italy to the United States in the 1960’s at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  Moved by African-American’s fight for equal rights and incensed by the show of pretense in American Democracy, Silvia began a life of political activism.  As a leader of the May 19th Communist Organization, Silvia became a member of an alliance of revolutionaries, African-American, Puerto Rican and White who worked relentlessly to organize people to view the U.S. Imperialist system as the leading source of world oppression.  Most threatening was their support for the Republic of New Afrika, a Black organization fighting to win land in the south on which to build a socialist nation.  Members of the alliance were targets of the government’s counter intelligence program, “COINTELPRO.”  In 1983, using an array of tactics, the government put an end to the alliance.  Silvia was convicted of helping to free Black Panther, Assata Shakur from prison and given a 43-year sentence.  Silvia served time in the Lexington control unit believed to be the forerunner to practices being exercised today in prisons like Guantanamo Bay.  “Freeing Silvia Baraldini” presents Silvia’s side of the story, the side that was not supposed to be told.

Awards:

    •    “Most Principled Film” award (2009) au Seattle True International Film Festival, USA    

    •     Best Documentary, Tacoma Film Festival (2009), USA
 

CASTING

2 x 52 minutes

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