The Gathering

A Film by Micki Dickoff
speaking out about a broken justice system
The Gathering Film Poster

The Gathering is a film that tells the story of Witness to Innocence, the largest organization of death row exonerees in the country.


These innocent men and women, some having spent decades on death row for murders they didn’t commit, come together once a year to share their thoughts and feelings, fears and dreams with the only people who really understand what they experienced. Their stories are heartbreaking, shocking and anger-provoking. The exonerees empower each other, speaking out about a broken justice system that makes mistakes and compels them to be warriors against the death penalty.


Meet 16 exonerees, a diverse group brought together by a common experience, a unique family to whom no one chooses to belong. They bare their souls, forever changed by the degradation they suffered. Like Anthony Ray Hinton who spent 30 years on death row, released only six months before the filming. And Debra Milke who spent 22 years on death row, joining the others at her first Gathering. These exonerees are passionate about telling their stories. They want the system changed so a competent defense doesn’t depend on money and racial bias is eliminated. They want dishonest prosecutors and police held accountable. They want compensation for the years lost. They want their dignity restored. They know the risk of executing an innocent person is too high.

Purchase a copy of The Gathering.

"Stunning portrayal of the human drama lived by death row exonerees…a powerful and thought-provoking film."

—  David O’Sullivan

Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the U.S.

(In)justice Film Festival
Trinity UCC, Chicago, IL

Global Peace Film Festival

Rollins College SunTrust Auditorium, Winter Park, FL


Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF)

Electric Lodge Theater, Los Angeles, CA


WTI's Annual Gathering

San Damiano Auditorium at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, AZ


Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD, Los Angeles, CA


Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD, Los Angeles, CA


2017 Social Justice Film Festival

Northwest African American Museum, Seattle, WA


2017 Journey of Hope through Texas

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Parsley Center Auditorium, Houston, TX


Global Impact Film Festival

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC


Sidewalk Film Festival

First Church Birmingham, Birmingham, AL


Black International Cinema Festival

Haus der Demokratie und Menschrechte, Berlin, Germany


Socially Relevant Film Festival

Cinepolis Chelsea, New York City, NY


Omaha Film Festival

Village Pointe Cinema, Omaha, NE


Peace on Earth Film Festival

Music Box Theater, Chicago, IL


Santa Fe Film Festival

Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM


Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Delegation of the European Union's World Premiere of "The Gathering" Film

French Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Micki Dickoff



Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Micki Dickoff has made social justice films for four decades. Her work addresses subjects like AIDS, human rights, racism, poverty, the justice system and the death penalty. Micki’s award-winning films have been screened at festivals worldwide, broadcast on national and international television and released theatrically to positive reviews by top critics, including A.O. Scott of The New York Times and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. Her documentaries include Neshoba: The Price of Freedom and Too Little, Too Late, and dramas Mother, Mother and In the Blink of an Eye. Micki was chosen for the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women where she developed Mother, Mother. She was selected by the State Department for the American Documentary Showcase to teach filmmaking and screen her work in Kenya. Micki was among three finalists for the prestigious Humanitas Prize for her civil rights film, Neshoba. Micki taught television and film at Emerson College in Boston and is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the International Documentary Association (IDA).