The Deathrow Notebooks is structured around an interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner on death row in Pennsylvania at the time of filming. 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.
The Deathrow Notebooks examines Abu-Jamal’s 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.
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Annie Goldson & Chris Bratton