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New Short Film on Philadelphia's Africa Family, MOVE, and Incarceration
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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.
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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
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BlackStar Film Festival (World Premiere)
Camden International Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
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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
FILMMAKER ASH GOAH HUA
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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.
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