At 11:08 P.M. on September 21, 2001, the state of Georgia executed Troy
Davis for the 1989 shooting death of Officer Mark MacPhail. With him died
another piece of the American justice system.
Despite a lack of physical evidence linking Davis to the case, the recanted
testimony of 7 or the 9 eye witnesses, three stays of execution, and an
international campaign backed by thousands of people, the execution went ahead.
Rebellion Film Group is teaming up with the Davis family to bring the answer
to that question to the world with the official Troy Davis documentary. The
film will explore the flaws in the American justice system that leads to inevitable
execution of innocent men and women. It is our hope that bringing awareness to
the loopholes in the law can be the catalyst for change or at least a
reexamining of the way America applies the death penalty to its own citizens
Recently Martina Correia, the sister of Troy Davis, lost her 10 year
struggle with breast cancer. She campaigned tirelessly for justice for her
brother, often leading rallies from her wheel chair after undergoing chemo
therapy. Amnesty International awarded her the Sean McBride Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Human Rights. Martina’s passing is a huge loss,
and Rebellion Film Group is dedicating the movie to both her and Troy.
Half of the proceeds from the film will be donated to the Davis family, who
has endured unimaginable personal and financial loss after a 20 year legal
What is the goal of the project?
Rebellion Film Group hopes to release “Troy Davis: Lives” to as wide of
audience as possible to maximize awareness of the injustices inherent in our
judicial system. We want to deliver a high quality and highly informative piece
of cinema that tackles hard issues without bias.
Why do we think it will succeed?
There was international interest in the Troy Davis case. Over 663,000 people
petitioned to prevent Davis’ execution. Among his supporters were Amnesty
International, former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, Nelson
Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr, and
former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Judge William S. Sessions. We
believe that we can present the facts of the case in a clear and unbiased
fashion that will allow people to judge for them if justice occurred or not.
What do we need the money for?
Filming the documentary. We have finished our research and pre-production
phase and are ready to begin the bulk of the filming. We need to purchase
equipment, pay for travel expenses, pay legal fees, purchase the rights to
archive footage, pay contractors, and of course, pay for our food and rent
while we work full time on the film.