Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom (2023)

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Digital video, colour and sound
77 minutes 24 seconds
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation with major funding from the Mellon Foundation, co-commissioned by TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
with the support of Centro Cultural de Belém Foundation, Lisbon, and the Portuguese Ministry of Culture / Directorate-General
for the Arts. Produced by Lumiar Cité / Maumaus, Lisbon
Courtesy of the artist and Lumiar Cité / Maumaus


Manthia Diawara’s capacious scholarly and creative practice grapples with the politics of postcolonialism, decolonisation, migration and globalisation. Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom (2023) is a filmic exploration of the transformative political philosophy of activist and writer Angela Davis. Spliced with archival excavations of photographs, drawings, writings and speeches, the film centres the dialogue between Davis and Diawara. It unpacks the principles at the core of Davis’ philosophy, offering a toolbox of keywords and statements by Davis that deconstruct and contextualise contemporary meanings of life and ecology to narrate new, multiplicitous and unpredictable social realities.