Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Guardian article, European Tour Schedule, and Trailer for new Angola 3 movie: In the Land of the Free...



Erwin James wrote today for The Guardian:

The case of the Angola three first came to international attention following the campaigning efforts of the Body Shop founder and humanitarian Anita Roddick. Roddick heard about their plight from a young lawyer named Scott Fleming. Fleming was working as a prisoner advocate in the 1990s when he received a letter from Wallace asking for help. The human tragedy Fleming uncovered had the most profound effect on him. When he qualified as a lawyer, their case became his first. "I was born in 1973," he says. "I often think that for my entire life they have been in solitary."

Through Fleming, Roddick met King and then Woodfox in Angola. Their story, she said later, "made my blood run cold in my veins". Until her death in 2007 Roddick was a committed and passionate supporter of their cause. At her memorial service King played two taped messages from Wallace and Woodfox. In the congregation was film-maker Vadim Jean who had become good friends with Roddick and her husband Gordon during an earlier film project. "Anita's big thing was, 'Just do something,'" says Jean. "No matter how small an act of kindness. Listening to Herman and Albert's voices at her memorial was like having Anita's finger pointing at me and saying, 'Just do something'." And so he decided to make In the Land of the Free, a searing documentary, released later this month.

Read the full article here.


SCHEDULE FOR EUROPEAN FILM TOUR:

WEDNESDAY 24th March 2010

LONDON Ritzy Brixton

Moderator: Polly Toynbee

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King

Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve

Screening Time: 7pm

THURSDAY 25th March 2010

LONDON Curzon Soho

Moderator: Terry Waite CBE

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King, Clare Algar, Executive Director, Reprieve

Screening Time: 6.30pm

FRIDAY 26th March 2010

LONDON Screen On the Green - Islington

Moderator: TBC

Panellists: Vadim Jean,Robert King

Screening Time: 6.30pm

Sunday 28th March 2010

LONDON Picturehouse Clapham

Moderator: TBC

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King

Screening Time: 3.30pm

Monday 29th March 2010

CAMBRIDGE Picturehouse

Moderator: TBC

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King

Screening Time: 6.30pm

Tuesday 30th March 2010

LONDON Amnesty - The Human Rights Action Centre

Moderator: Intro By Kate Allen

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King, Sam Roddick

Screening Time: 6.30pm

Tuesday 31st March 2010

LONDON Lexi Cinema Kensal Rise

Moderator: TBC

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King

Screening Time: TBC

WEDNESDAY 1st April 2010

EDINBURGH Cameo

Moderator: TBC

Panellists: Vadim Jean, Robert King

Screening Time: TBC

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