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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

“An Omar Broadway Film” Exposes Prison

Sep 3, 2012

“An Omar Broadway Film” is a movie featuring scenes of prison life secretly videotaped by a young inmate.

Omar Broadway was convicted of car-jacking in his late teens and was placed in the maximum-security gang unit of Newark, New Jersey's Northern State Prison in 2004.

Some guards, disgusted with what was going on, gave him a video camera. For six months he recorded the near-daily beatings and tear gas attacks by guards. He showed how two prisoners were forced to live in cells designed to hold one. Prisoners were not issued toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, or cleaning supplies for their cells, and had to buy them from the commissary. When one prisoner’s toilet clogged and he was denied showers, guards dragged him across the floor for resisting. Omar Broadway’s footage of that scene made it to local TV news shows.

Eventually, the camera was taken away from Omar Broadway. But on the outside his mother and his brother, a videographer for Lil Wayne, found a professional director to make this feature film, which ran on HBO.

This unusual film can be requested on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and some cable providers.