Film: Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 00:00
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
43° 46' 54.9552" N, 79° 24' 59.9544" W
Ontario CA

A film by C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan

Thirteen years, two inspiring women, both radical activists, one conversation

Doors open at 7:30 pm (film at 8:00 pm)

Mountains That Take Wing (2009) puts iconic African American scholar-activist Angela Davis in conversation with Yuri Kochiyama, revered grassroots community activist, confidant of Malcolm X and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Filmed in 1996 and 2008, when Kochiyama was 88 years old, these longtime friends discuss their shared experience as political prisoners and their enduring passion for social justice. They reflect upon topics ranging from Jim Crow laws, Japanese American internment camps, Civil Rights, anti-war, women's and gay liberation movements to campaigns for political prisons and prison reform.

Winner of St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Feature Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival, Bologna, Italy

Presented by the Yuri Kochiyama 92nd Birthday Celebration Committee Co-sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers union and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 7:30 pm (film at 8pm)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible


We welcome your comments! embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.