The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer then any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings.
This feature length movie explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the United States.
The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960’s and 70’s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.
Narrated by Mumia Abu-Jamal, The Angola 3 features interviews with former Panthers, political prisoners and revolutionaries, including the Angola 3 themselves, and Bo Brown, Geronimo (ji Jaga) Pratt, Malik Rahim, Yuri Kochiyama, David Hilliard, Rod Coronado, Noelle Hanrahan, Kiilu Nyasha, Marion Brown, Luis Talamantez, Gail Shaw and many others. Portions of the proceeds go to support the Angola 3.
“…the movie explores the political climate of the 1960s and 70s that produced political prisoners in America, situating the Angola 3 within the political unrest of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements that penetrated the prison walls of America” – Left Wing Books
“The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation” is the kind of documentary that is difficult to watch…not because of any cinematic flaws or weaknesses, but almost solely because of the disturbing nature of the material contained within the film. It’s hard to fathom that a place such as Angola Prison, also known as Louisiana State Penitentiary or simply “The Farm,” has existed in my lifetime. Difficult to watch but impossible to ignore, The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is a mandatory view for those dedicated to those committed to social justice in America.” – The Independent Critic
109 minutes on 1 disc
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