Le 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.