Alfreda’s Cinema Presents: MOVE: Confrontation in Philadelphia

Director: Karen Pomer & Jane Mancini
USA / 1980 / 62 min

Q&A with Pomer, Ramona Africa, and Janine Africa, moderated by Melissa Lyde

Last streamed on Sun, Mar 28

The MOVE organization is a family of committed revolutionaries, founded by John Africa in 1972. Life is the priority and caring for it is at the core of their beliefs. “We know how threatening our message is to those in power and why they come down so hard on us. We expect it and we are prepared for it,” said Africa. MOVE members survived two catastrophic attacks from the Philadelphia police within the span of 10 years, resulting in members being imprisoned and murdered, including children. MOVE: Confrontation in Philadelphia is an astounding, award-winning account of one of many assaults on the family (recent docs 40 Years a Prisoner and Let the Fire Burn both relied heavily on excerpts from the film’s firsthand footage). It was shot on the ground during the August 8, 1978, siege of their home in Powelton Village by police, which first-time filmmakers Karen Pomer and Jane Mancini risked their lives to record. They spent over two and a half years researching and assembling the documentary—that features Chuck, Debbie, Delbert, Eddie, Janet, Janine, Merle, Mike, and Phil Africa, now known as the MOVE 9—and is available online here in its entirety for the first time.