The HBO documentary “40 Years a Prisoner” chronicles one of the most controversial shootouts in American history
“40 Years A Prisoner” premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT on HBO. The film be available to stream on HBO Max.
The documentary chronicles the 1978 police raid on the radical, back-to-nature group MOVE by the Philadelphia Police Department. Using eyewitness accounts and archival footage of the not widely known confrontation, the film illuminates the story of a city grappling with racial tension and police brutality with alarming topicality and modern-day relevance.
Mike Africa Jr., the son of two MOVE members imprisoned for the death of a police officer that day, has committed his life to finding out the truth about what really happened and fighting for the release of the parents that he has only ever known through prison walls.
40 YEARS A PRISONER is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of A Confluential Films Production in association with Freedom Road Productions and Get Lifted Film Co. Directed by and produced by Tommy Oliver; executive produced by Common, Derek Dudley, and Shelby Stone for Freedom Road Productions, John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted Film Co., and Keith Gionet and Adam Platzner Confluential Films, and Kelly Ryan, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Quest Love” Thomson. For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller; senior producer Sara Rodriguez.