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“In Prison” Exposes a Lifetime of Injustice, par Linn Washington (en anglais)

Linn Wahington documentaire toute ma vie en prisonLe professeur Linn Washington est un journaliste d’investigation contemporain. Il est interviewe dans le film Toute ma vie (en prison) et il a énormément écrit sur le cas de Mumia Abu Jamal. Voici un message qu’il nous a fait parvenir quelques jours après la sortie du film en France.

“In Prison” Exposes a Lifetime of Injustice
By Linn Washington Jr.

If one instant is too long to endure an injustice image the anguish of suffering nearly one billion seconds locked inside a solitary confinement prison cell for a crime you did not commit.

That is the plight of the most recognized death-row inmate in the world, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the American journalist and symbol of resistance whose imprisonment eclipsed thirty-years on December 9, 2011.

The film “In Prison My Whole Life” provides a unique time perspective on the fifteen-million-plus minutes of Abu-Jamal’s incarceration by examining this controversial injustice from the eyes of a young man born on the date of Abu-Jamal’s arrest – December 9, 1981.

London-born Will Francome literally grew up while Abu-Jamal languished on death-row where blatantly biased court rulings stretching up to America’s highest courts – the U.S. Supreme Court — craftily trampled his legal rights.
The award-winning “In Prison” follows Francome as he travels from England across the United States to discover more about Mumia, the massive Free Abu-Jamal Movement and related matters he’d heard about all his life from his American-born mother.

This film provides value in its objective exploration of damning inconsistencies underlying Abu-Jamal’s controversial conviction for killing a policeman. This film presents startling new evidence of innocence, including unseen crime scene photographs that demolish each element of the prosecution’s eyewitness and forensic case against Abu-Jamal.
One extraordinary aspect of “In Prison” involves it providing disturbing examinations of issues intertwined in this still roiling case that Americans blithely ignore: systemic racism; routine double-standards of justice and often brutal suppression of peaceful dissent by authorities in the so-called Greatest Democracy on Earth.
“In Prison” – part documentary, part narrative, part horror story – goes beyond the symbolism so frequently shown about America to expose a conflicted society employing the sharp eye of outsiders.

Journalist Abu-Jamal (known as the “Voice of the Voiceless”) perceptively critiques American society from death-row isolation interestingly without use of standard writing tools alike a computer and internet access.
Incredibly, the making of “In Prison” encountered some of the problems evident in Abu-Jamal’s corrupted prosecution.
Very similar to Philadelphia police and prosecutors persistently withholding vital information that cripple Abu-Jamal’s fair trial and appeal rights, police and prosecutors repeatedly refused requests for comment from Francome.
That self-imposed silence sought to cripple Francome’s film though enabling vicious claims of bias because the film did not present ‘both sides.’
“In Prison” provides a sobering challenge to those defiantly dismissive of the overwhelming evidence of official wrong-doing aggravating this infamous injustice against Abu-Jamal.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2011 shifts the fight from stopping the execution of Abu-Jamal to freeing him from a probable life sentence which in Pennsylvania means life in prison until death – no early release.

“In Prison My Whole Life” stands as a haunting reminder of the unfulfilled quest for fairness not only in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and his 25,000-plus death row colleagues worldwide but the millions globally who daily endure severe deprivations from officials disregarding duties to justice.

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