In Prison My Whole Life (2008)

In Prison My Whole Life


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Critic Consensus: A disappointing and unfocussed death row documentary that deals with many worthy issues, but struggles to find its voice.

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Since his incarceration in 1982 for allegedly shooting a Philadelphia policeman to death, Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has awaited execution on Death Row, vociferously protesting his innocence; he now qualifies as one of the most famous Death Row inmates in the world. Currently an author of five tomes and an on-air personality who broadcasts over the phone from prison, Abu-Jamal carries the support of no less than Nelson Mandela and the administrators of Amnesty International, who believe in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Marc Evans, William Francome
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

This subjective approach subsumes the film's powerful subject, making 'In Prison My Whole Life' just another self absorbed agit-prop documentary.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The legitimate case for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's retrial gets another airing in British helmer Marc Evans' unfocused, oddly naive In Prison My Whole Life.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Top Critic

A worthy film, highlighting what seems to be a rank injustice, but one that is irritating and poorly put together.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008

Essentially a Trojan-horse documentary that purports to deal with the crime, it is actually a discussion on race, politics and the American psyche.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Times [UK]

A well-meaning but unfocused documentary.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008

While some of the testimony, from the likes of Steve Earle and Mos Def is powerful, many of the parallels Francome and Evans attempt to draw feel slightly spurious and their conclusions lack sufficient back up.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

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