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In this dynamic panel discussion, learn about the history and creation of ATTICA, a powerful film by Emmy-award winning director Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci A. Curry about the largest prison riot in American history. In 1971, a prison rebellion erupted at Attica Correctional Facility, with inmates taking hostage 39 guards and presenting a list of demands. Though most of their demands were met, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered state police to regain control of the facility in what would become among the most violent acts of citizen conflict since the Civil War. Offered by Showtime, the documentary includes archival footage from media coverage, closed-circuit video from inside the prison, and firsthand accounts from those present during the riot. The visionaries behind this national tragedy will convene to discuss the film as a call for prison reform and the responsibilities of justice. Panelists will include Nelson, Curry, and James Asbury, who was an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility when the riot occurred. NMAAHC Curator Paul Gardullo will moderate the discussion. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, ATTICA is available to view here, courtesy SHOWTIME:

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