Tommy Oliver’s 40 Years A Prisoner — an HBO Documentary Film produced by Oliver’s Confluential Films in association with Freedom Road Productions and John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. — will have its broadcast debut this December on HBO following its premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The documentary tells the story of the controversial 1978 Philadelphia police raid on the radical back-to-nature group Move through Mike Africa Jr. (pictured), the son of two Move members who were imprisoned for the death of a police officer during the raid, as he commits himself to fighting for the release of his parents.
40 Years A Prisoner features eyewitness accounts and archival footage of the escalating tension that resulted in the confrontation between police and Move members.
Oliver (1982) serves as director and producer.
For Freedom Road Productions, principals Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone serve as executive producers. Legend serves as executive producer along with Get Lifted Film co-founders Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius.
Keith Gionet and Adam Platzner are executive producers for Confluential Films.
The fateful clash between Move members and Philadelphia police was also explored in Jason Osder’s 2013 film Let the Fire Burn, which aired on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ strand.
40 Years A Prisoner airs Dec. 3 on HBO and HBO Max.