Starting in the 1970s, Black radical group MOVE clashed with Philadelphia cops, who ultimately firebombed the group, destroying a whole neighborhood. In 40 Years a Prisoner, Mike Africa Jr., son of MOVE leaders, seeks to free convicted MOVE members imprisoned for four decades.
The film was executive produced by several notable entertainers, including Common, John Legend, and Questlove. Via HBO:
40 Years A Prisoner (directed by Tommy Oliver) chronicles the controversial 1978 Philadelphia police raid on the radical back-to-nature group MOVE and the aftermath that led to a son’s decades-long fight to free his parents.
Through eyewitness accounts and archival footage of the escalating tension that resulted in the controversial confrontation between police and MOVE members, the film illuminates the story of a city grappling with racial tension and police brutality with alarming topicality and modern-day relevance.
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