Best of Philly

2021 Setting the Record Straight

Tommy Oliver and Mike Africa Jr. for 40 Years a Prisoner

With their critically acclaimed HBO documentary, this dynamic duo led the way in a year when the city is finally — finally — ­confronting its fraught dealings with MOVE, from the 1978 shoot-out that sent Africa’s parents to jail to the infamous 1985 bombing of its compound. Oliver’s filmmaking gave Africa Jr. the opportunity to exonerate his family and reframe not just how we view that family, but how we see Black activism in Philadelphia.