Actor/rapper Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is teaming up with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to support the release of Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, directed by Shola Lynch. Overbrook and Roc Nation will now become executive producers of the documentary which will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival, according to Deadline.
The documentary comes on the 40th anniversary of the acquital of Angela Davis and chronicles her journey and role in the well documented case. The documentary will feature interviews with her lawyers as well as FBI agents who were on the case and journalists who covered it.
“We at Overbrook Entertainment are very proud to support this intriguing documentary about the life of Angela Davis. Filmmaker, Shola Lynch has done an incredible job in revealing a piece of American history we thought we all knew,” Jada Pinkett Smith explained in a press release.
Jay-Z also added his feelings about backing the film.
“Shola Lynch has crafted an intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis,” he shared. “Roc Nation is honored to be a part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story.”
This is not the first time Jay-Z and the Smiths have collaborated on a project like this. The two were a part of the FELA! project as well as the upcoming “Annie” remake, set to star Will’s daughter, Willow.