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Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama
A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation
2009, 97 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W111015
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 spent over 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. Intercut with compelling period footage, Davis and Kochiyama’s cogent observations, keen analyses, and steadfast resolve to create a more equitable, humane world offer inspiring lessons in empowerment and community building for current and future generations.


  • San Francisco Black Film Festival, Winner, St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Feature Documentary
  • Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival - Bologna, Italy - Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Film
  • COMMFEST (Global) Community Film Festival - Toronto, Canada - Winner, MADA Award (Make A Difference Award) for Best Feature Documentary
  • Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival - Norfolk, Virginia - Finalist, Best Feature Documentary
  • Frameline - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
  • Harlem International Film Festival
  • La Femme International Film Festival – Los Angeles, California
  • Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series – Brooklyn, NY
  • International Film Festival South Africa – Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
  • This Human World: International Human Rights Film Festival – Vienna, Austria
  • Pan African Film Festival - Los Angeles
  • Nominated for a 2011 American Library Association Notable Video Award for Adults.

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    “What is so striking about this film is its living history lessons, the breadth of singular and plural movements, the shared humanity and generations present in the room with subjects Yuri Kochiyama and Angela Y. Davis.”
    San Francisco Bay View

    “Illustrated with rare footage of extraordinary speeches and events from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s through today, the film explores the critical role women, youth and crosscultural, crossracial alliances played in…important social movements.”
    The Adams Report

    "…illuminates a subaltern history of courage and activism across racial/ethnic borders--an internationalist history that is an important (and forgotten) legacy of the civil rights, labor, feminist, and anti-imperialist struggles of the second half of the twentieth century. An invaluable film for students in Women’s and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, History, and Political Science."
    Chandra Talpade Mohanty
    Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

    "…offers a refreshing counterhistory of the twentieth-century U.S. freedom struggle, documenting conversations that the two women had over a twelve-year period."
    Signs Journal of Women in Culture & Society

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    Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama is included in the following Special Collections.
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