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Directed by Stanley Nelson

USA | Documentary | 118

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From acclaimed director Stanley Nelson comes a suspenseful and meticulous reconstruction of the titular prison uprising using unearthed archival images. Cataloging the five-day Attica prison takeover of 1971 and narrated primarily by inmates, reporters, and even National Guard officials who were there, this film is a dramatic retelling of the bloodiest prison rebellion in US history. Through the lens of an event five decades old, Nelson flexes his fine-honed skill as a master chronicler of events, institutions, and people central to Black history and life. He presents an unequivocal reminder of the incremental nature of progress and offers hope that our better natures will prevail.

Director Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson is today’s leading documentarian of the African American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the underexplored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received nearly every award in broadcasting, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, and lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabody Awards, and the International Documentary Association. In 2016, Nelson was honored with the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. With his wife, Marcia A. Smith, Nelson co-founded Firelight Media, a non-profit organization that supports and develops nonfiction filmmakers of color.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 118

Country USA

Director Stanley Nelson

Executive Producer Vinnie Malhotra, Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith, Jihan Robinson

Producer Stanley Nelson, Traci Curry

Editor Aljernon Tunsil, Jaclyn Lee

Cinematographer Antonio Rossi

Music Tom Phillips