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'The Penalty' screening & Anti-Death Penalty Project launch

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Tuesday 10 October is International Day Against the Death Penalty, and this year Amnesty UK is marking it with the launch of our new Anti-Death Penalty Project.

We're putting on a screening of 'The Penalty', an extraordinary new film from the team behind 'One for Ten', followed by guest speaker. Activists will also have the opportunity to sign up to the Anti-Death Penalty steering group, or to sign up for updates from the group.

A sister event will be hosted in Sheffied by the Sheffield Local Group. Find more information and book your free tickets.

'The Penalty'

The death penalty was reinstated in the US in 1976. Since then, for every ten people who have been executed, one death row inmate has been exonerated and released, having spent, on average, ten years in isolation.

‘The Penalty’ is a vital new documentary from filmmakers Will Francome, Mark Pizzey and Laura Shacham, in which they embed themselves in the stories of three fascinating people affected by American capital punishment.

With the recent controversial news about executions in the state of Arkansas, and support for the death penalty at an all-time low, ‘The Penalty’ is a riveting, forensic examination of the weightiest of issues.

The film focuses on the following cases:

Darlene Farah

Darlene Farah - mother of murdered Shelby – battles to represent the wishes of her late daughter, while fighting to put structure and stability back into the lives of her two other children.

Emotionally exhausted and desperate for closure, Darlene turns herself into the city's pre-eminent anti-death penalty campaigner. Her son – Caleb – meanwhile, isn't so sure he's ready to tow the family line and fight to spare the life of his sister's killer.

While the family grapple with each other and the legal process, the prosecution in the case refuses to listen to Darlene's wishes. The DA's office under the leadership of notorious District Attorney - Angela Corey - maintains it will seek the death penalty no matter what the victim's family thinks.

A personal horror turned national PR disaster, the story of Shelby Farah's murder speaks to the reality of losing a loved one in a justice system that seeks vengeance above all else.

Damon Thibodeaux

In September 2012, Damon walked out of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison a free man. He spent 15 years on death row trying to prove his innocence, having falsely confessed to the rape and murder of his teenage cousin.

As he sets out to rebuild his life with his new-found love in California, he is still fighting for compensation from the state that wrongfully tried to put him to death. How do you rebuild your life after spending 17 years in prison for something you didn’t do?

Allen Bohnert

January 2014, Ohio. The state can no longer legally buy the drugs it normally uses to carry out lethal injection executions; instead, it has chosen to experiment with an untested lethal injection two-drug cocktail on convicted rapist and killer, Dennis McGuire. Allen Bohnert, the Lead Federal Public Defender, is arguing that his death will be prolonged and amount to un-constitutional “cruel and unusual punishment”.

Dennis McGuire’s death will prove to be the first of three botched executions in the United States in 2014 – making global headlines, and sparking controversy from the international community. We follow the story as it unravels for Allen as he struggles to maintain a sense of normality within his family life while fighting off the prospect of further executions.

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