Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From a Plantation Prison
MTV Documentary Films Presents Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From a Plantation Prison (formerly known as A Peculiar Silence) tells the story of playwright Liza Jessie Peterson, whose acclaimed play "The Peculiar Patriot" was shut down mid-performance at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola Prison.
Directed and edited by Cinque Northern, produced by Catherine Gund, featuring Liza Jessie Peterson and Norris Henderson (Peterson and Henderson are also Executive Producers), the film examines how one woman's play challenged the country's largest plantation prison and impacted the incarcerated men long after the record of her visit was erased by the institution's administration.
Produced in association with Aubin Pictures and 1ST DOMINO
Executive Producers: Liza Jessie Peterson, Susan Sawyers, Agnes Gund, Norris Henderson, Sheila Nevins, Andre Gaines
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Three simple ways to make a difference in this movement
1. SUPPORT VOTE NOLA
Founded by our executive producer Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) is a Louisiana based grassroots membership organization founded by formerly incarcerated people.
2. DONATE TO H.O.P.E. FOUNDATION
Led by several women married to men currently incarcerated at Angola Prison, H.O.P.E. Foundation creates resources and support for the reintegration of previously incarcerated citizens in Louisiana.
Sign this petition that pushes for the passing of the Abolition Amendment to end the exception that has been understood throughout history to allow slavery and involuntary servitude to be used as punishment for crime.