Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Manufacturing of Guilt", a short film that proves the innocence of Mumia Abu Jamal, to be shown at the Hayti Heritage Center

The case has been made for the innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Despite the mound of evidence that proves a severe miscarriage of justice, Mumia remains in prison.

Filmmaker Stephen Vittoria has written and directed a short film that shows how the case against Mumia was manufactured by the Philadelphia Police and District Attorney. Manufacturing of Guilt will be shown at the Hayti Heritage Center on Thursday, June 27 at 7:45 p.m.

The showing of Manufacturing of Guilt will follow Mumia – Long Distance Revolutionary, another film written and directed by Vittoria. Mumia – Long Distance Revolutionary will be shown at 5:30 p.m. It returns to Durham after a successful run at the Carolina Theatre.  For more on Long Distance Revolutionary, visit these postings.

A panel discussion will follow the showing of Manufacturing Guilt. Rachel Wolkenstein, a former member of Mumia’s defense team and longtime advocate for his release, will share more regarding efforts to release Mumia.  Wolkenstein worked closely with Vittoria on Manufacturing of Guilt as the legal consultant.

Jamal Hart, Mumia’s son, and Keith Cook, Mumia’s brother will be present to provide insight on the case and Mumia.

Manufacturing of Guilt was produced after the completion of Mumia –Long Distance Revolutionary to address viewers questions regarding Mumia’ arrest, trial and conviction.  Mumia is serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner. His original sentence of death was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012.

The Hayti Heritage Center is at 804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham.  Admission is $5, and all proceeds go toward supporting the Hayti Heritage Center (http://www.hayti.org/)

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