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I'm Free Now, You Are Free
Producer: Ash Goh Hua
2020
Color
15 minutes
US
I'm Free Now, You Are Free
A short documentary about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie Africa—a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9. In 1978, Debbie, then 8 months pregnant, and many other MOVE family members were arrested after an attack by the Philadelphia Police Department; born in a prison cell, Mike Africa Jr. spent just three days with his mother before guards wrenched him away, and they spent the next 40 years struggling for freedom and for each other. In 2018, Mike Africa Jr. successfully organized to have his parents released on parole. “I realized that I had never seen her feet before,” was a remark he made when he reflected on Debbie’s homecoming. This film meditates on Black family preservation as resistance against the brutal legacies of state-sanctioned family separation.
Awards

• Best Short Doc Award Tides Film Festival
Screenings
• Alllied Media Conference
• BlackStar Film Festival (World Premiere)
• Camden International Film Festival
• Hamptons International Film Festival
• Hold, Hope and Heal: Spatial Justice in Black Spaces on Archive Acts
• Cucalorus Film Festival
• Mayday Space, co-sponsored by Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, COVID Bail Out NYC, Common Notions
• Reel Love Fest (Special Jury Mention)
• Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
• Athena Film Festival
• Las Cruces Film Festival
• Salem Film Festival
• Ann Arbor Film Festival (in competition)
• Screening Scholarship Media Festival
• San Diego Intl ShortsFest
• Sheffield DocFest (International Premiere)
• BAMcinemafest
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