Coming to HBO and to HBO Max tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8:
40 YEARS A PRISONER
DOC NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, AFI Fest
A man dedicates his life to exonerate his parents, members of the Black revolutionary group MOVE.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
In 1978, Philadelphia’s police department conducted a violent siege on the communal home of the Black revolutionary group MOVE. Nine members of MOVE went to prison over the resultant death of a police officer, despite forensic mysteries in the case. Two of the prisoners were the parents of Mike Africa, Jr., who dedicated his life to fighting for their release. Filmmaker Tommy Oliver interweaves the past and the present in this vital examination of the legacy of aggressive policing and the fight for justice.