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The Deathrow Notebooks

Annie Goldson

1992 00:13:11 United StatesEnglishColorMono4:3Video


Deathrow Notebooks is structured around an interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner who is on death row in Pennsylvania. Former president of the Association of Black Journalists, Abu-Jamal is a writer and creator of widely-broadcast radio programs who continues to write from prison. He was accused of killing a police officer, and in 1982 was convicted in a trial that contained many irregularities. To date, all of his appeals have failed. Abu-Jamal has been placed in highly punitive conditions; he is denied reading material and visitors because, for religious reasons, he refuses to cut his hair. Abu-Jamal describes his early history in Philadelphia, his work as an information officer with the Black Panthers, his interest and later affiliation with MOVE, and his arrest and imprisonment.

About Annie Goldson

Annie Goldson was a founding member of XChange TV, a network that distributed television broadcasts from Central America. A prolific video producer, Goldson has created numerous works documenting social injustice and the efforts of people around the world to throw off political oppression, from Northern Ireland and Nicaragua, to the Black Panther Movement in the U.S.  She also worked with Chris Bratton to produce the Counterterror series, a four-part experimental documentary that examines how the label “terrorism” has been used to criminalize political dissent. Goldson lives and works in New Zealand.