Fourteen Days in May tells the true story of the countdown to Edward Earl Johnson’s execution. Edward was a young African-American who was put to death in the gas chamber of Mississippi’s State Penitentiary on 20th May 1987, despite evidence that he’d been forced to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. The anniversary of Edward’s execution is a timely reminder of what we’re still up against, but together we can make sure that people like him always have someone to stand up for them. This event has been arranged to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Lifelines, the death row prisoner-befriending organisation which came into existence directly as a result of its founder, Jan Arriens, having watched Fourteen Days in May when it was first aired by the BBC in 1987. Jan will be at the Forum Cinema to introduce the film and lead a post film discussion. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Reprieve an organisation of courageous and committed human rights defenders founded in 1999 by British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith who represented Edward Earl Johnson in his final appeals and fought to save his life right up until the moment of his execution.