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K-State Today

April 24, 2014



Activitists Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama subject of 'Mountains That Take Wing'; film screening tonight

By Melisa Posey

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The film "Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation" will be shown at 7 tonight in Room 227 at the K-State Student Union.

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars, one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama have spent more than a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences.

"Mountains That Take Wing" offers the gift of these two remarkable women’s lives, sharing the pair’s recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008. The film’s unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform.

After the film screening, there will be an open discussion with directors HLT Quan and Crystal Griffith, professors at Arizona State University who have made many movies together.

The following are supporting this student-led multicultural programming: American ethnic studies department, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, LGBT Resource Center, English department, president's office, women's studies department, Student Governing Association and the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.