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Stories From “The Back of the World,” a Film About Prisoners On Texas’s Death Row, Childrenwho Chop Rocks in Peru to Feed Their Families, a Kurdish Prisoner of Conscience Languishing in Aturkish Priso

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Thomas Miller-El was recently portrayed in a feature documentary called “La Espalda del Mundo,” the Back of theWorld, directed by Peruvian filmmaker Javier Corcuera. It is really more than a film–since its release last year,it has grown into a movement that has spread through Spain, where it was produced, and on into Europe. This week, ithas come here to the United States.

“The Back of the World” portrays the lives of people who live in the world’s shadow–a group of children who choprocks in Peru to help their families, a Kurdish prisoner of conscience who languishes in a Turkish prison forspeaking in her language, and the family members of people who are on death row in Texas.

As a result of Thomas Miller-El¹s execution date, thousands of people who have seen the film have mobilized to try tostop it. The film has screened in union halls, high schools, community centers, and theaters all over Spain andEurope, where people have signed petitions and raised money for Miller-El’s legal case. On Friday, two hundred peopledemonstrated in front of the US embassy in Madrid against the execution, and handed over a petition signed by morethan five thousand people asking for the execution to be halted.


  • Javier Corcuera, documentary filmmaker and director of “La Espalda del Mundo” (The Back of the World).
  • Maria Carrion, producer of “La Espalda del Mundo” (The Back of the World) and former DN! Producer.
  • Jim Marcus, executive director of the Texas Defenders Service and lawyer for Thomas Miller-El.


  • Excerpts from “The Back of the World”.

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