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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2013)

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Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. (c) First Runmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Vittoria
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 11, 2013
Box Office: $35.8k
Runtime:
First Run Features - Official Site

Cast

Troy Alcendor
as Mumia (in the cell)
Brandy Scott
as Mumia's Mother/Audre...
Sydney Bloom
as Mumia's Daughter
Lorin Becker
as Narrator
Martha Boles
as Narrator
Martha Boles
as Narrator
Vanessa Born
as Narrator
Rick Burns
as Narrator
Rick Burns
as Narrator
Eric Davis
as Narrator
Elija Hall
as Narrator
Elija Hall
as Narrator
Howard McNair
as Narrator
Marques Ray
as Narrator
Halima Scott
as Narrator
Halima Scott
as Narrator
Tejah Signori
as Narrator
Tejah Signori
as Narrator
Saro Solis
as Narrator
Jim Underdown
as Narrator
Jim Underdown
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Director Stephen Vittoria lines up a roster of writers and educators, actors and activists, to sing Abu-Jamal's praise. And praise they do.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Mumia" gradually becomes a persuasive attempt to celebrate the content of his character, not the violence that apparently led to his imprisonment.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

The doc is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

½

I remember hearing about the case of Mumia Abu Jamal, ne Wesley Cook, who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1981, when I was in college but without any details at the time had no true sense who he is or what he is about. That was true until this illuminating, yet occasionally repetitive, documentary that traces his story, with his first political education coming at the boot heel of a cop. His path as an independent journalist begins as a teenager as a Black Panther and later a radio journalist for NPR, covering various issues including police brutality, with his mellifluous voice on full display here. That even continues behind bars where in the tradition of other jailhouse writers continues to speak out.(As far as a personal life goes, it is more along the lines, oh by the way, he has kids.) Whether he is a true political prisoner is up for debate. What is not is the brutal and racist police of Philadephia's past, making a circumstantial case that he was railroaded. In a city which bombed its own citizens in 1985, I would have to say anything is possible.

In general terms, "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" refreshingly does not shy away from radical politics, instead embracing them wholeheartedly in discussing the racism and by proxy the prison industrial complex in the United States, with a focus on the MOVE organization in Philadelphia. However, we have all been to the lecture on the corporatization in media. Even then, hearing Cornel West saying that Kenny G. is to John Coltrane, as Oprah Winfrey is to Mumia Abu Jamal is priceless.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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Mostly unknown agitators reading his writings
Cornell West
More hagiography and agit prop than documentary
Runs slightly over two hours to cram in as many revolutionaries as possible.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

Everyone in West Philadelphia knows that Mumia did not kill officer Faulkner. We know who did it, and we know that that never mattered to the police and prosecutors who were determined to silence Mumia for his scathing criticisms of governmental racism, police brutality and social oppression. Rather than retrying the legal case, flawed as it was, this movie is the story of a successful radio journalist, imprisoned for 30 years, whose passion has always been to expose social injustices. Through interviews and public records, this movie traces his journalistic career from the age of 15 until the present day. For many this will be the first time Mumia's voice has ever been heard. His story is eloquently illustrated through disturbing film clips, first-hand testimonials, and his own voice. The real question here is this: Will you watch the move and make up your own mind, or have you already swallowed the story that has been perpetuated by the hate-mongers of talk radio and the mindless followers of corrupt organizations?

Steven M.
Steven Morris

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