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How would you handle the trauma of losing a loved one? POV presents “Murders That Matter” – Oct. 2 at 10 pm

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“Murders That Matter”

Monday, October 2 at 10 pm


Crowd on sidewalk holding up photos of people who have been shot and banners that say "Stop the Violence"Set in Philadelphia, Murders that Matter follows African American, Muslim mother Movita Johnson-Harrell over four years as she transitions from victim of violent trauma into fierce advocate against it.

When her 18-year-old son Charles is murdered in 2011, Movita vows to make it her life’s mission to stop the devastation on both sides of the gun. She creates the Charles Foundation which gives herself a platform to speak out on gun violence in the local Black community. Her voice resonates within the community, and the positive reception to her activism encourages her to run for state representative. Her neophyte campaign, driven by passion for one issue—gun control and stopping the killing of Black and brown men—is not enough to topple the incumbent, and in 2016, she loses.

Undeterred, she goes to work at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, but a year into the job, the Philadelphia Democratic Party leadership asks her to run in a special election for the state representative seat that she lost in 2016. This time Movita wins and becomes the first woman representative to wear a hijab in the Philadelphia State House.

Then a shocking revelation unravels it all.