by John Edginton
1996, 74 mins, DVD
This explosive film reopens the case on America’s most “celebrated” death row inmate, fearlessly exposing a broken justice system that has confined Mumia Abu-Jamal to prison for over 25 years. Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? dares to ask whether this radical journalist and Black Panther with no prior criminal record was treated fairly by the Philadelphia police and prosecutors for a murder he may not have committed. Biting, yet poetic, this powerful film blows gaping holes in the credibility of the case against Mumia while giving the man himself room to air his provocative political and social views.
In an exclusive interview from death row, Mumia speaks about the grandchildren he has never touched and the “state-inflicted terror designed to kill the spirit and eventually to kill the body.”
A film the authorities don’t want you to see, Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? is an unforgettably searing indictment of the death penalty and a criminal justice system tinged with racism.
Never Before Seen Extended Prison Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal; Filmmaker Biography