Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal

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LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY focuses on Mumia Abu-Jamal's career as a prolific writer and journalist from the depths of prison.  The film chronicles his life and work as a journalist, writer, and philosopher - a public intellectual who has spent thirty years in a Pennsylvania prison, twenty-nine of them in solitary confinement on death row.  The film tracks Mumia's early work in journalism as a writer for the Black Panther newspaper (at age 15) through his promising and emerging career as a reporter for National Public Radio. 

After Mumia is convicted for the murder of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Mumia's battles with the American judicial system (prisons & courts) to continue his journalism and radio broadcasts from behind bars - a battle he continues to wage to this very day. The film features exclusive and rare prison interviews with Mumia as well as insight from Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Ruby Dee, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Amy Goodman, Dick Gregory, Peter Coyote, Giancarlo Esposito, Tariq Ali, Michael Parenti, Ramsey Clark, M-1 (Dead Prez), Dave Zirin, Aya de Leon, Frances Goldin, Ramona Africa, as well as many others.

Director Steven Vittoria.  120 mins, NR

Dr. Christopher Tinson, member of the faculty in African American Studies at Hampshire College, will introduce the film and moderate the Q&A following.

"Articulates an interrogation of the state, a state that seeks to silence the voices of prisoners and the circumstances that led them there"—The Washington Post

“MUMIA: Long Distance Revolutionary is a powerful indictment of the hypocrisy inherent in the American dream and is a must-see for any and all who are concerned with upholding the constitutional rights of all Americans.”  Alex Simon, The Huffington Post.

See Democracy Now! interview of director Steven Vittoria with Amy Goodman