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ExtraOrdinary Lives - Episode 9 - Freedom

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John Artis

1966. John Artis is arrested along with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter; that night 2 black men have killed 3 white people and someone has to pay. He is charged with the murders and found guilty, then sentenced to three concurrent life terms a Rahway Prison. 1976 sees John granted another chance at freedom, but he is again found guilty in a second trial. Released on parole in 1981, he is finally vindicated in 1985 when a federal court judge overturns the convictions. Today, John chooses to use his experiences to aid youth offenders in hopes they do not follow him to prison.

Anhua Gao

A child of parents hailed as revolutionary heroes by Mao Tse Tung, Anhua Gao is in a position of privilege. However, her parents die, leaving Anhua and her siblings to grow up in the chaotic realm of Maoist China. Life became even more difficult when, after expressing potentially dissident thoughts, her own sister betrays Anhua. Anhua, who writes and speaks English, is then accused of being an enemy agent and imprisoned. Escaping that fate and eventually China, Anhua tells the story of her struggle to survive the ideological machine of Red China.

2002, 22 min 30 s

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