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In the Land of the Free...

  • 2009
  • Vadim Jean
  • 84 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In the late 1960s, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were serving time in the Angola state penitentiary. They became prominent members of the Black Panther chapter that fought to improve standards in the brutal Louisiana institution, and many believe this motivated their framing for the 1972 murder of prison guard Brent Miller - plentiful evidence exists that witnesses were bribed by the authorities to provide damning testimony. The two men, along with fellow prisoner Robert King, were put in solitary confinement, spending 23 hours a day in six by nine foot cells. They became known as the Angola 3, and have since collectively spent over 100 years in isolation. King was finally released in 2001, but Wallace and Woodfox remain incarcerated, and this documentary from director Vadim Jean joins the chorus demanding justice. Yet, despite the earnest narration of Samuel L Jackson and the intriguing insights of the murdered guard's sceptical widow, this never quite succeeds in making its case with sufficient precision and power.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorSamuel L Jackson

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DirectorVadim Jean

Details

Theatrical distributor
Mob Film Company / Roddick Foundation
Released on
2010-03-26
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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