“Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” Film and Discussion
Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to death, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now, after more than 30 years in prison on death row and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. Mumia’s radio program is aired weekly on wgdr.org.
Stephen Vittoria’s new feature documentary, Mumia:Long Distance Revolutionary, 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.”
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