Monday, December 6, 2010

Justice on Trial - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal Screening NYC & Toronto

From a media release: 

JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Screening December 12 as part of the Black Panther Film Festival in New York City

Canadian Premiere - Monday, December 13 at 7pm.
Medical Sciences Auditorium, 1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
Tickets, available at the door only: $5 (Box office open at 6:30pm.) Info: 416-461-6864

TORONTO (December 6, 2010). A powerful new film, JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, will have its Canadian premiere on Monday December 13 at 7pm, at the Medical Sciences Auditorium (1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto). Mumia Abu-Jamal, America's best-known political prisoner, has been on death row for 28 years for a murder he has always insisted he did not commit.

A former Black Panther and renowned author whose writings have appeared in publications ranging from the Yale Law Review to street papers for the homeless, Mumia has been dubbed "the voice of the voiceless."

Justice on Trial exposes many problems with his case - judicial bias, prosecutorial misconduct, racism, police corruption and evidence tampering.  This hard-hitting indictment of the U.S. "justice" system was produced on a shoe-string budget. Entrance to the film is $5; the money collected at the door will go directly to the producers to help defray their expenses.

Justice on Trial was produced in response to Barrel of a Gun, a film that was amply funded by the Fraternal Order of Police, which has spent a great deal of money and effort over many years in attempting to have Mumia executed.

Justice on Trial was shown in Philadelphia the week prior to the recent November 9 hearing on his case before the U.S. Third Circuit Court. The film has its Los Angeles premiere on December 5, and will be shown on December 12 as part of the Black Panther Film Festival in New York City

Justice on Trial is produced by Johanna Fernandez and directed by Kouross Esmaeli.
From the Vimeo trailer intro (which you can check out below):

"Mumia Abu-Jamal is the most recognized death row inmate in the world today. In 1982, he was tried and convicted for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Since then, the Abu-Jamal trial proceedings have come under scrutiny and today his case is one of the most contested legal cases in modern American history. The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is a microcosm of greater problems in the criminal justice system in the United States today. The attention that its many violations have received make the Abu-Jamal case one of the most important civil rights cases of our time."


JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal from bignoisetactical on Vimeo.

JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
• New York City - December 12 as part of the Black Panther Film Festival
• Toronto - Monday, December 13 at 7pm.
Medical Sciences Auditorium, 1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
Tickets, available at the door only: $5 (Box office open at 6:30pm.) Info: 416-461-6864

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