Film and Mind Online: Free Angela and All The Political Prisoners

September 29, 2023, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online! 

 Image of Angela Davis

Free Angela And All the Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch, 2013) 1 hr 42 min

Contemporary psychoanalysis as a field is struggling to make sense of racism and culturally imposed trauma. The final report of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis was published this past June. In discussing this 2013 documentary, the NCP Film & Mind series picks up one of its recommendations, urging "Talk with others about the Report’s findings and recommendations, and the implications for the [psychotherapy] communities of which you are a part.”
In their NY Times review, Nicolas Rapold wrote, "Shola Lynch’s documentary about Angela Davis, the activist and beacon of counterculture radicalism, is a snappily edited, archivally wallpapered recollection of fearless behavior in the face of an antsy establishment. But it’s equally significant as a pointed act of retelling.”  The film tells the complex story of Angela Davis, presently a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, whose social activism led to her name on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

*Available on Amazon Prime. See link below.

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time.  


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT) ***

Discussion (on Zoom): 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM - We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

We will not watch the film together prior to the discussion. Participants should watch the film beforehand or begin screening on their own before 6:15 pm PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze the roles of splitting and projection in racism
  • Formulate psychic mechanisms of Angela Davis’ reactions to her cultural trauma
  • Discuss the complexity of sociopolitical context in psychoanalytic treatment


Debra Meyers MD, PsyD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at Stanford. She also has an MS in Biostatistics and Clinical Research Design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health (while she was faculty at Wayne State University). Her study of psychoanalysis at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles combined medical training with her humanistic interests and lifelong interest in the human mind. Dr. Myers received her PsyD from ICPLA in May 2020 and is also a member of NCP. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in West Los Angeles serving adults and adolescents. 
Jeffrey Prager, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP and former Dean of NCP’s Training Institute.  He is a Research Psychoanalyst, and a Research Professor in Sociology at UCLA.  He has taught courses on American racism to undergraduate and graduate students, conducted and published research on comparative racism in the US and South Africa, and is the author of “Do Black Lives Matter? A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Racism and American Resistance to Reparations.”  He currently teaches at NCP, at the Charles Drew University Medical School, and is in private practice in Beverly Hills.

Program Coordinators: Thomas M. Brod, MD, coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.
Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits
$15 with CE Credit
$7 without Credit  

This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM.
  • The discussion will start at 8:30 pm in the Zoom Meeting room. Participants should watch the film on their own before joining.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  

 Where to get the movie:  

Amazon Prime (click for options)

"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 5 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website


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The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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