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 Run
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Troy Alcendor
as Mumia (in the cell)
Brandy Scott
as Mumia's Mother/Audrea (Black Panther member)
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
Rodney Charles
as Narrator
Myles Cranford
as Narrator
Eric Davis
as Narrator
Gerald Emerick
as Narrator
Adrian Germany
as Narrator
Adrian Germany
as Narrator
Sheila Grenham
as Narrator
Elija Hall
as Narrator
Elija Hall
as Narrator
Rachel Hasting
as Narrator
Rachel Hasting
as Narrator
DaJuan Johnson
as Narrator
Howard McNair
as Narrator
Christina Moses
as Narrator
Marques Ray
as Narrator
Eartha Robinson
as Narrator
Rachel Robinson
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 2, 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.

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… | January 31, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

..... 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 Morris
Steven Morris
½

Absolute partiality blinds an opportunity to examine the reasons why a more vocal group within black revisionist academia would believe that the morals of the larger African-American community are the sort which support Mumia Al-Jamal, a former radio host convicted of the murder of 25-year old Daniel Faulkner in 1982.

Peter S
Peter S

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