I'M FREE NOW, YOU ARE FREE - New Short Film on Philadelphia's Africa Family, MOVE, and Incarceration

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New Short Film on Philadelphia's Africa Family, MOVE, and Incarceration

Available from Third World Newsreel


Three years ago, on June 16, 2018, political prisoner Debbie Africa was released from prison after forty years of incarceration and separation from her son Mike Africa Jr.



WATCH TRAILER: vimeo.com/563228402


A short documentary about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie Africa—a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9.


In 1978, Debbie, then 8 months pregnant, and many other MOVE family members were arrested after an attack by the Philadelphia Police Department; born in a prison cell, Mike Africa Jr. spent just three days with his mother before guards wrenched him away, and they spent the next 40 years struggling for freedom and for each other. In 2018, Mike Africa Jr. successfully organized to have his parents released on parole. “I realized that I had never seen her feet before,” was a remark he made when he reflected on Debbie’s homecoming.


Winner of the Best Short Doc Award at the TIDE Film Festival, this film meditates on Black family preservation as resistance against the brutal legacies of state-sanctioned family separation. (Ash Goh Hua, 2020, 15 minutes)


Educators, librarians, and community groups may purchase, license or rent the film for educational use or public screenings.


DSL 1-Year: $150

DSL 3-Years: $300

LDF: $600

Request Form: https://forms.gle/nJCMubvys47ahvwh6

Rentals: https://goo.gl/forms/QOtoJrxSrNU6ImS42



Alllied Media Conference

BlackStar Film Festival (World Premiere)

Camden International Film Festival

Hamptons International Film Festival

Hold, Hope and Heal: Spatial Justice in Black Spaces on Archive Acts

TIDE Film Festival (Best Short Doc Award)

Cucalorus Film Festival

Community Screening with Mayday Space, co-sponsored by Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, COVID Bail Out NYC, Common Notions

Reel Love Fest (Special Jury Mention)

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Athena Film Festival

Las Cruces Film Festival

Salem Film Festival

Ann Arbor Film Festival (in competition)

Screening Scholarship Media Festival

San Diego Intl ShortsFest

Sheffield DocFest (International Premiere)


Third Horizon Film Festival




Ash Goh Hua (any pronouns) is a filmmaker and cultural worker from Singapore, based in New York. They create documentary and experimental-based works informed by the politics of abolition and autonomy, utilizing a subversively collaborative filmmaking process to build collective power. Ash is a Jacob Burns Creative Culture Fellow, a NeXtDoc Fellow, and a Common Notions collective member. Their films have screened and won awards at film festivals internationally. Visit ashgohhua.com.



People Unite! by Ash Goh Hua

Available for Free from A-Doc on YouTube 

In the face of AAPI violence, an intergenerational coalition of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, People of Color organizers come together to organize a march across Washington Heights and Harlem, as a continuation of the historic and radical Black and Asian solidarity tradition.

Watch PEOPLE UNITE! by Ash Goh Hua.


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