Friday, January 08, 2010

Mini Video Documentary of John Moore's Struggle for Justice

Check out the following two videos, which are a trailer or mini-documentary made by Ottawa-based filmmaker Samantha Pollock about the case of John Moore, an Ojibway man unjustly convicted of second degree murder who is struggling to clear his name. (See here for further background on the case.) Pollock is using these videos as a basis to seek funding for a full-length documentary.

Note that not all of the voices in the videos are supportive of John's struggle and there is certainly room for a full-length production to flesh out why John and those of us on his support committee see his situation as profoundly unjust, but the videos are still a useful source of basic information about his case, and provide some opportunity to learn about his story directly from him. It also incorrectly states that the entire NDP caucus has signed on to the statement asking for a review of John's conviction by the federal government -- we understand that it will be happening, hopefully soon, but as far as John and the committee are aware it has not actually happened yet. Right now, Glenn Thibeault is the only confirmed endorsement from the caucus.

The full information from the first of the videos:

The first of two parts to a Trailer/ Mini Doc about Ojibwe man, John Caleb Moore's fight for exoneration.

John Moore was convicted of second degree murder for the death of Sault Ste. Marie taxi driver Donald Lanthier.

He spent 10 years in prison, though it is acknolwedged that he was not present at the scene of the murder and two other men were charged with second and first degree counts of murder for stabbing and strangling Lanthier. John and his supporters believe John's story is one of terrible injustice and example of a long standing systemic issue - institutional racism towards aboriginal people in Canada.

This film was produced, written, edited and filmed by Samantha Pollock. A full length film is in the works.

Thandi Fletcher and Brier Dodge were present during the production of this film, and aided in some of the filming.

Please contact Samantha with any information, interest, or insight into the issues raised in this film, or if you are interested in taking part in the full length production.

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