Black History Month USA Feb 8th 2014
African Odysseys:
Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema.

Feb 8, 2014 1:00 PM - Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal
USA 2012
Directed by Stephen Vittoria.
With Alice Walker, Cornel West and Angela Davis.
Digital
Running time 120min

As an information officer for the Black Panther party in his youth and subsequently writing for print and radio, Mumia Abu-Jamal was an outspoken critic of the fatal, municipal campaign against MOVE (see Let the Fire Burn). Celebrity campaigners and advocates speak about the plight of this political activist, committed to death row from 1982 until 2012 when his sentence was commuted to life

Feb 8, 2014 3:35 PM - Let the Fire Burn

This impressive debut documentary investigates the tragic 1985 stand-off between the Philadelphia police force and a small radical organisation known as MOVE.

USA 2013
Directed by Jason Osder.
Digital
Running time 95min

In 1985 a stand-off between the Philadelphia police force and a small radical organisation known as MOVE ended in tragedy with the death of 11 people and 61 houses burned to the ground. ‘Let the fire burn’ were the fateful words that gave the police carte blanche to wait over an hour before extinguishing the blaze. MOVE, whose members were predominantly African-Americans, was seen as visionary by some and as a dangerous cult by others.

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