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Film Available to Stream
Thu, Dec 3 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST
Thu, Dec 3 at 7:00 pm PST
Director Tommy Oliver and Mike Africa, Jr. are expected for the live Q&A on December 3 at 7:00 pm PST.
The 1978 siege on the MOVE organization’s communal house in Philadelphia resulted in the death of one police officer and the life-sentence convictions of nine MOVE members. Among these nine are the mother and father of Mike Africa, Jr., who has spent much of his life trying to secure his parents’ release. Tommy Oliver’s riveting documentary dovetails the present-day story with that of the siege itself, revealing the racist motives of then-mayor (and former police commissioner) Frank Rizzo. With remarkable archival footage set alongside Mr. Africa’s tireless legal efforts, the film harrowingly demonstrates the long and ruthless arm of police brutality against revolutionary movements and communities of color.
“Viewed through the eyes of one man who has seen his family ripped apart by prejudice, 40 Years a Prisoner is a searing examination of the human costs of systemic racism.” —Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
Tommy Oliver is a director, producer, cinematographer, and writer. His narrative feature debut, 1982, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. He co-created the OWN series Black Love, which premiered in 2017 and became the network’s most widely viewed unscripted program. His photos of Black Lives Matter protests in Hollywood this summer have become some of the seminal images of this movement. Speaking about his field of work, he says, “The reason I’m in entertainment is that I believe in its transformative power. The power to inspire, the power to incite, the power to challenge. That said, change doesn’t happen by sitting by, and we have a commitment to the next generation as a duty to pay for those who fought, bled, and died to get us to where we are today.”
Director Tommy Oliver
Producer Tommy Oliver
Editor Tommy Oliver, Joe Kehoe
Cinematographer Tommy Oliver
Music John Jennings Boyd
Print Source HBO