As part of Black History Month, Manchester based film club Lapierre P&D are putting on a screening of the political documentary ‘In The Land of the Free’. The event which takes place on October 16th will also be attended by Black Panther and author Robert King who will be speaking about his experiences as the only freed member of the Angola 3 and also signing copies of his book ‘From the bottom of the heap.’
About the film:
‘In The Land of the Free’ tells the story of the Angola 3 – a story that is still ongoing today. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, In the Land of the Free… centres on three men, Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, who between them have spent more than 100 years in solitary confinement at Angola prison.
The Louisiana State Penitentiary derives its widely-used nickname from the nationality of the slaves who worked the plantation land on which the prison was built. It is the largest maximum security facility in the whole of the United States, with 5,000 inmates being held on an 18,000 acre site. And two of those inmates, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, have been there longer than most. First arriving at Angola in the 1960s, they have spent the vast majority of the last 37 years there in the solitary hell of closed cell restriction (CCR).