Lakehead History professor Ron Harpelle has released “Heroes: A Conversation with Albert Woodfox and Robert King," a short film about solitary confinement and other injustices.
Albert Woodfox and Robert King are the surviving members of the Angola 3 and, along with Herman Wallace, they spent a combined total of 114 years in solitary confinement for crimes they did not commit. Their real “crime” was being black in the U.S. and organizing the only prison chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
Most of their time was spent in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is located on a former slave plantation known as Angola. Robert King was released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary, Herman Wallace was released after 42 years on October 1, 2013 and he died of cancer three days later, and Albert Woodfox saw freedom in November 2014 after almost 44 years in a six-by-nine cell for 23 hours a day.
Since their release, both Albert Woodfox and Robert King have authored critically acclaimed autobiographies and they continue to fight for reforms in the criminal justice system. In March 2017 they were invited by researchers at Lakehead University to participate in a panel discussion on solitary confinement in Canada. The introduction is a re-edited section of “Hard Time,” a documentary about Robert King by Ron Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg.
The film will be released at https://vimeo.com/427716058.