UPDATE: It was announced late this afternoon that this screening and accompanying photo display had been canceled. They hope to reschedule it. Disregard the following:
“The Gathering,” a documentary about A Witness to Innocence, an organization of exonerated former death row prisoners who meet regularly to talk about their experiences, will be shown free at 6 p.m. tonight in the East Room of the downtown branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.
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The film is currently being screened in movie festivals and not in general release. It is being shown here by special arrangement with the director, Micki Dickoff. The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the host.
Also on display will be photographs by Scott Langley, who’s been documenting executions, death row facilities and people for more than 10 years. A discussion on the film and the death penalty in Arkansas will follow the film.
The film includes Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent 30 years on death row in Alabama, and Debra Mike, who spent 22 years on Arizona’s death row. They talk about a system in which a competent defense depends on money and in which racial bias is too often a factor. They know the risk of executing innocents.