Join the Department of African American Studies for a special screening of a documentary film about three men who have spent longer in solitary confinement than any other prisoners in the US because of the murder of a prison guard in 1972 at Angola, the Louisiana state penitentiary. The film, ‘Cruel and Unusual – the Story of the Angola 3’ was released to critical acclaim in 2017.
This free screening will be followed by a talkback with Albert Woodfox and Robert King (two members of the Angola 3) moderated by Professor Joshua Guild.
Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were convicted by bribed and blind eye witnesses and with no physical evidence. Targeted as members of the Black Panther party the film follows their struggle against the miscarriage of justice and their cruel and unusual treatment. Due to the murder of Brent Miller, a prison guard at Louisiana State Penitentiary, the three men were held in solitary confinement for over 100 years between them. Their story culminated with the release of Robert King in 2001 and the release of Albert Woodfox in 2016 after 43 years in solitary confinement.