Justice Denied | Chicago Reader

Justice Denied

This screening of Thomas Filmyer's 25-minute 1998 video, which includes an interview with death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, is part of a national day of activies intended to focus attention on his case. Mumia, who on the video calls himself “a writer, a journalist, a columnist, and a professional revolutionary,” was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer who was trying to arrest his brother, but some activists have questioned the fairness of Mumia's trial and are campaigning to delay his execution and get a new trial. Filmyer's tape includes some disturbing assertions, such as that Mumia's constitutional rights have been violated. But it's indifferently photographed and edited, and the tone is surprisingly flat and unemotional—it mostly juxtaposes interviews with Mumia and others, apparently taking his innocence for granted. (John Edginton's 1996 video Mumia Abu- Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?, argues far more convincingly and passionately, and with many more facts, that this defendant was wrongly convicted.)


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