THE KILLING YARD
Based on the true events surrounding the 1971.
Attica prison uprising which had an indelible impact on the
American prison system and jury process.
1971, protesting the dreadful conditions at the state penitentiary, 1200 inmates — mostly African-American — takes control of Prison Yard D. After a half a week negotiating with the prisoners, the police burst into the jail with guns ablaze. Reportedly 2,200 rounds are fired, 39 people killed, and 80 wounded. Fearing an investigation, the State Department indicts a number of prisoners for murder, including Shango Bahati Kakawama, also known as Bernard Stroble (Morris Chestnut), a former law student and activist against the prison administration. Crack lawyer Ernie Goodman (Alan Alda) agrees to defend him, but before he can keep him from the gallows he has to allay Shango's distrust. Meanwhile, civil liberties activist Linda Borus (Rose McGowan) uncovers the truth
and the elaborate layers of deceit that the state erected.
Directed by: Euzhan Palcy
Screenwriter: Benita Garvin
Produced by: Daniele Rohrbach & Benita Garvin
Composer (Music Score): Patrice Rushen
Running time: 110 min
Released: September 26, 2001
THE KILLING YARD
AWARDS & HONORS
2002 — American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts 2002 / Winner
The American Bar Association annually presents the Silver Gavel Awards to recognize work in media and the arts published or presented during the preceding year that have been exemplary in helping to foster the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. The ABA has presented these awards annually since 1958.
2002 — Black Reel Awards / Nominated
Network / Cable — Best Actor : Morris Chestnut
Network / Cable — Best Director : Euzhan Palcy
2002 — Edgar Allan Poe Awards / Nominated
(Screenwriter: Benita Garvin)
— Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
/ Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television
— Effects & Foley, Long Form