New British Mumia Film Acquired by Sundance!
HansBennett | 10.02.2008
Sundance Channel has announced today that it has acquired the new British documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal, "In Prison My Whole Life." In an interview today, William Francome says that "It is so important that a trusted high quality broadcaster like Sundance has taken up the film, putting it at the fingertips of millions of Americans. If only one person is compelled to look at these issues differently because of the film, it will have done its job." (read more in article)
Read today's UPI report, and see interviews this Sept. with co-producer Livia Firth, and a October, 2007 interview with William Francome
William Francome on Today's Big Announcement
--interview with Hans Bennett
Francome says that: I am very happy that 'In Prison My Whole Life' has been picked up by the Sundance Channel. It highlights the fact that Mumia's case and the issues surrounding it are still highly important and need to be analyzed. There are many cases like Mumia's and our film really looks at how some of the problems in his case are indicative of larger social problems, especially in the criminal justice system. It is so important that a trusted high quality broadcaster like Sundance has taken up the film, putting it at the fingertips of millions of Americans. If only one person is compelled to look at these issues differently because of the film, it will have done its job.
'In Prison..' will be broadcast on the 8th of December as part of a day of documentaries, a day that is also important as December 9th will be the day that Mumia has been held for 27 years as well as being my 27th birthday. The timing could not be better as it will coincide with any other plans to mark this important but sombre anniversary.
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Read the UPI article below: you know! UPI, that big mainstream outlet:
Firth executive produced Mumia documentary
NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Sundance Channel has announced it acquired "In Prison My Whole Life," a feature documentary executive produced by British actor Colin Firth.
Directed by Marc Evans and written by Evans and William Francome, the film "follows 25-year-old William Francome's investigation into the arrest of Mumia Abu Jamal, famed death-row prisoner and award-winning Black Panther journalist," Sundance Channel said in a news release.
"Francome, born on the day of Mumia's Dec. 9, 1981 arrest (for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer), engages intellectuals, writers and musicians in an effort to expose the truth about justice in America for black activists in general and Mumia in particular."
Featuring interviews with Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg and Steve Earle, the film is scheduled to premiere on Sundance Channel Dec. 8.