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What really happened during the Attica Prison Rebellion - Orisanmi Burton


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On September 9th 1971, a spontaneous uprising began in a New York State prison. A group of prisoners overpowered guards, broke windows, started fires, and captured supplies, sparking the Attica Rebellion. Soon, over 1,200 prisoners had assembled with 42 hostages to demand better treatment and better living conditions. Orisanmi Burton details the revolt and deadly retaking of Attica prison.

What does the Attica rebellion/massacre teach us about the relationship between race and crime?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Orisanmi Burton
  • Director Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Animator Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu, Greg Chudzik
  • Music Greg Chudzik, Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Production Coordinator Abdallah Ewis
  • Script Producer Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam

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