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The Case of the Angola 3 --A review of the new film "In The Land of the Free..."

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The Case of the Angola 3

--A review of the new film "In The Land of the Free..."

Produced by Vadim Jean, in memory of Anita Roddick


Film review written by Kiilu Nyasha


"They will never be able to break me," said Herman Wallace, despite the torment and torture of 37 years in a 6 x 9 cell in the "bloodiest prison in the nation." He and his comrade, Albert Woodfox, suffer such solitary confinement to this day.


Targeted for their militancy, co-captives Wallace, Woodfox and Robert King had organized a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party and they became known as the Angola 3 after they were falsely convicted by kangaroo courts and all-white juries. Wallace and Woodfox were convicted for the murder of prison guard, Brent Miller in 1972, and King was convicted separately for the death of another inmate in 1973.


Brent Miller's widow, Teenie Miller, who appears in the film, asks, "Who really killed my husband?" At a 2008 hearing she said, "If they did not do this -" and I believe that they didn't -" they have been living a nightmare for 36 years!"

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Kiilu Nyasha is a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Kiilu hosts a weekly TV program, "Freedom Is A Constant Struggle," on SF Live (Comcast 76 and AT&T 99). She writes for several publications, (more...)
 
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