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Black August (2007)





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Filmmakers Samm Styles and TCinque Sampson collaborate to explore the life and death of prison rights activist George L. Jackson in this biographical drama starring CSI's Gary Dourdan as the Soledad Brother author who took up the cause of prisoners' rights in the 1960s, and whose incendiary philosophy sparked the most militant civil rights movement in United States history. Enraged at the inhuman conditions he and his fellow prisoners were forced to endure as the outside world bore witness to the growing civil rights movement, Jackson filtered his fury into the philosophy that would eventually fuel the Black Guerilla Family, elevating him from common thug to political martyr after he was given a "one year to life" sentence for a seventy dollar gas station robbery. In his eleven years behind bars, Jackson studied the writings of such revolutionary thinkers as Marx and Mao and began channeling his anger into a series of letters that damned the racist status quo. Collected and published in the volume Soledad Brother along with the help of idealistic editor David Dryer, these letters instantly transformed the author into a controversial celebrity figure while successfully drawing attention to the topic of prison reform. Shortly thereafter, Jackson would serve as the catalyst for an event that would go down as one of the most violent in the history of San Quentin.

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Gary Dourdan
as George Jackson
Ezra Stanley
as Jonathan Jackson
Don Williams
as Agent Walker
Darren Bridgett
as David Dryer
Jonte LeGras
as James McClaine
Melia Mills
as Brenda Johnson
Tina Marie Murray
as Angela Davis
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Adapted from George Jackson's own prison letters and other writings, this bio-pic is to be commended for shedding surprisingly sophisticated light on such a controversial cult figure.

February 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A searing and earnest drama delving into the tragic, short life of the late George Jackson, sixties US political prisoner, LA Black Panther spiritual and intellectual guiding force, and fierce leader within the Black prison movement.

January 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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