You Don’t Know Me documentary film premieres at Nashville Film Festival
Story of death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman, told for first time

Last updated on August 17th, 2020 at 04:42 pm

Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (photo contributed)

You Don’t Know Me, a documentary film about Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman and the celebrated attorney and justice system that failed him, will be included in this year’s lineup for the 51st Nashville Film Festival. The Festival will be held virtually Oct. 1–7.

Abdur’Rahman, 69, has been imprisoned on Tennessee’s death row for more than 32 years after what some call an unjust trial. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently stayed Abdur’Rahman’s former April 16 execution date, giving the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals more time to consider whether he should remain on death row.

Using an effective mix of archival material and new interviews with key players previously unwilling to talk, You Don’t Know Me offers a unique window into this fascinating and troubling capital case. The film will be available for the entirety of the Festival over the virtual platform ‘Eventive.’ Visit <nashvillefilmfestival.org/2020-festival/> to purchase tickets.

“We felt it was time to take Abu-Ali’s story out of the justice system, where legal technicalities often override common sense and truth, and share it directly with a wide audience,” said Jon Kent, the founding creative director of Kent Creative and director of the film. “We believe any fair-minded person who sees this film, no matter his or her stance on capital punishment, will recognize the gross injustice and downright absurdity of putting this man to death.”

“An incredibly emotional and gut-wrenching film,” said Ron Ellis, the Academy Award-winning director of the short film Board and Care. This documentary should help save Abu-Ali’s life.”

Watch the trailer for You Don’t Know Me by visiting <youdontknowmemovie.com>.

Justice for Abu is a diverse grassroots coalition whose members have come together to add their voices in support of Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman. For more information about the legal case, contact federal public defender Kelley Henry at 615-695-6906, <Kelley_Henry@fd.org>, or attorney Brad MacLean at 615-943-8716, <brad.maclean9@gmail.com>. For more information about Justice for Abu, visit the website or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Kent Creative is a boutique production company in Nashville, Tenn., creating media and materials that drive resources to nonprofit organizations. Founded by Jon Kent in 2001, Kent Creative has been the chosen storyteller for more than 100 nonprofit organizations nationwide. In addition to its commercial work, Kent Creative produces documentary films that provoke, inform and entertain. Its films have been widely distributed around the world. For more information about Kent Creative, contact Jon Kent at 615-262-9036 or visit its website.

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