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40 YEARS A PRISONER
December 8, 2020  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Writer-director Tommy Oliver profiles another Philadelphian, Mike Africa Jr, whose parents were part of the revolutionary MOVE movement that led to an explosive showdown with city police in 1985. And when I say explosive, I mean that literally – and I was a TV critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer at the time, watching incredulously as the Philly police dropped “incendiary devices” on a row house in which MOVE members and their families, including women and children, were barricaded. 40 Years a Prisoner explores and explains what led to that showdown, what happened during it, and what happened to surviving MOVE members in the decades afterward – including Africa’s parents.
 
 
 
 
 
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Zeke
Was this at the time of that crazy, awful Mayor Rizzo...?
I think I recall some of the earliest wall-to-wall tv News coverage... while families burned inside. I hoped I had it wrong-- but apparently not.
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