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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

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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.

Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner - a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman and others, this riveting film explores Mumia's life before, during and after Death Row - revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, "the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world...the 21st Century Frederick Douglass."

Includes Bonus Feature -- Short Film: Manufacturing Guilt
Manufacturing Guilt, the short film from Stephen Vittoria, producer and director of MUMIA: Long Distance Revolutionary, takes on the colossus of Abu-Jamal's contentious case, distilling a mountain of evidence and years of oft-repeated falsehoods to the most fundamental elements of police and prosecutorial misconduct that show a clear and conscious effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. This powerful 25 minute film clearly explains Abu-Jamal's account of the night, his clear and long-standing proclamations of innocence, and the absurdity and patent falsehoods that comprised the Philadelphia police and prosecution's original case. Thirty years of history and politics have tangled our understanding of this case nearly beyond comprehension. But Manufacturing Guilt cuts through the confusion to produce a clear picture of how Abu-Jamal's guilt was manufactured and his innocence suppressed beginning only moments after he and Faulkner were found shot in the early morning hours of December 9th, 1981. (Running Time - 25 minutes) C. Street Legal Cinema

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Tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced...Vittoria triumphantly heralds Abu-Jamal's return to the political scene as a rallying cry for an alternate political discourse. --Variety

Fascinating and persuasive. Vittoria creates a context that suggests how easily innocents could be railroaded. The result is not unlike Oliver Stone's rewrite of U.S. history. --John Hartl, Seattle Times

"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, Huffington Post

Product Details

  • Actors: Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter
  • Directors: Stephen Vittoria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BT0NPKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Long Distance Revolutionary" is an excellent depiction of Mumia Abu-Jamal as the brave activist, eloquent journalist and admirable human being he truly is. Unlike previous documentaries about Mumia Abu-Jamal, which focus primarily on his case, Stephen Vittoria's new film focuses on the life and work of Abu-Jamal himself -- and in so doing, shows the real motive of those who have tried to silence him forever. Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the finest minds of my generation -- a brilliant writer, commentator and media critic who was targeted for a hit by the Philadelphia police for reporting on police brutality, railroaded to a murder conviction for surviving the cops' attempt to kill him, and condemned to die in prison for his dissident politics. I have not yet bought the DVD but have already seen "Long Distance Revolutionary" twice in theaters in New York City. I urge all people who believe in the American promises of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of association to watch "Long Distance Revolutionary" -- and support the struggle to FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND ALL U.S.-HELD POLITICAL PRISONERS!
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I'd watched this movie on LinkTV (where it had sat in my DVR forever) and after watching it, was so impressed by the quality of the film and the clarity with which it presents Mumia (for whom I advocate) that I wanted a copy for my personal library. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the use of the [in]Justice System to further the interests of the power elite at the expense of who ever might have the temerity to challenge it; especially if they're not white.. FREE MUMIA!!
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Although this is a snapshot of a controversial and charismatic figure it speaks in a much larger way to our culture, politics, racism, and humanity. I loved this movie. I found it very inspiring and enlightening. It made me think beyond the shallow news bites we are all constantly being fed. The interviews are amazing and the narrative is compelling. This movie should be seen. Even by those who would argue with it's point of view. It is an intelligent and legitimate contribution to the higher discussion of who we are as a people and what our responsibilities are as citizens.
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I just got back from a showing of this documentary. I went in not knowing a thing about Mumia other than being somewhat curious and ignorant about his place in popular culture. I came out teary-eyed, surprised to find out how internationally renowned and intellectually prolific this man is. There is a street named after this man in Paris (EDIT: actually, there are two streets named after this man in Paris!).

Mumia is a living figurehead of the modern civil rights movement, and we need to learn his story if we ever hope to move past the racial tension that has held back millions of men and women in the United States for so many years. He has been referred to as the "Voice of the Voiceless." Watch this to find out why.
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This powerful doc is a searing indictment of rampant American racism - in this instance as seen through the eyes of journalist, author, and wrongly-charged and convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal. The film doesn't cover his case (that's been done by numerous other films), rather it takes you on a journey through the remarkable, tragic, but courageous life of its subject - mostly through his extraordinary writing and bolstered by the potent voices of historians, academics, politicos, and fellow space travelers who underscore Abu-Jamal's position and importance in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-empire movement. An eye-opening film from its very first frame.
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This video gave me more information on events that I knew happened.
The story I received was different. There was a segment related to the
bombing of the MOVE organization that is very revealing.
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I'm still saddened by the injustice that my black brothers and sisters still get all over the world. I pray for Mumi' release. Because Mumia is a black man and intelligent they want to keep him locked up, the FBI knows Mumia did not kill that cop, but they hate black people so bad they rather frame a black man for a crime he did not commit. But when a black man gets killed its jusr a black man dead. Why isnt John Zimmerman in jail for murder? We want equal justice for all!
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MUMIA is not a typical "whodunnit" documentary which explores the criminal case, one of the most controversial in history, of former journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, but rather a telling portrait of the man himself and how he has used the past 30 years of his life, most of which were spent on Pennsylvania's Death Row, to fight for prisoner's rights, speak out on the prison industrial complex, and continue his life's work as a crusading journalist who is obsessed with justice, human rights and making the American Dream accessible for all Americans.

Many have slammed this film as a hagiography which "glamourizes" a convicted murderer, but nothing could be further from the truth. Please see this important film and make up your own mind about who Mumia is, what he has accomplished and where he is going, despite now serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison.

**** out of 4.
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