It has been 30 years. The Minister of Justice was speaking to the National Assembly in the following terms : “Mister President, ladies and gentlemen of the Parliament, on behalf of the Government of the Republic, it is my pleasure to ask the National Assembly for the abolition of the death penalty in France.” Mr. Robert Badinter was thus marking his new career in the Government with the words which would stay forever in the collective mind…
In partnership with Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort, the Institute celebrates the 30th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty. Several events will be organized starting Tuesday, September 27 in Caen.
Mumia Abu-Jamal Evening – Tuesday January 10, 2012
After having participated in the 30th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France at the beginning of 2012, the Institute is still trying to raise awareness on this fundamental theme which is unfortunately still relevant.
In partnership with the Cinéma Lux, we will organize a special evening dedicated to Mumia Abu-Jamal, one the world's best known death-row inmate, on January 10, 2012 at the Amphithéâtre Pierre Daure – University Caen Lower-Normandy.
For this evening, we will have the pleasure to welcome Claude Guillaumaud-Pujol, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s official biographer, author of « Chroniques de Philadelphie, Mumia Abu-Jamal, un homme libre dans le couloir de la mort » (Philadelphia Chronicles, Mumia Abu-Jamal, a free man on death row). Claude will briefly present the Mumia case and the movie “In Prison My Whole Life” at 8:00 p.m before the showing of the movie. Claude Guillaumaud-Pujol will then discuss the movie and Mumia’s story in more details with the audience.
More information on « In Prison My Whole Life »:
Many documentaries on death penalty in the United States are still being produced. In Prison My Whole Life tackles the tragic life of Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist and former communications assistant of the Black Panthers, who has been waiting for thirty years on death row in the United States because he has been accused of a murder that he claimed he did not commit. He was arrested precisely on the day William Francome was born. He grew up knowing about Mumia’s case from his activist mother. The movie starts from this fact.
Associating Abu-Jamal’s personal history with the story of the sentenced to death, the movie gives more power to these themes by using the bigger picture of the fight for civil rights in the United States. The often passionate, but intentionally blurred outcome looks like a sketchbook.
The fascinating portrayal of Abu-Jamal is the core of the movie, and his soft and cavernous voice sounds like it comes from another world and gives another dimension to the movie. Many famous public figures have participated, such as Angela Davis (the Black Panthers’ icon already at the centre of Black Power Mixtape, to be released on November 16), Noam Chomsky, Mos Def and Snoop Dog. With them, Marc Evans, the filmmaker has tried to build bridges between the current, post 9/11 era and the 1970s, from which the revolutionary fervour both seems totally surreal and very close to being able to regain strength.”
Source : Le Monde
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