A film by Stephen Vittoria
Mumia Long Distance Revolutionary
A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal
Through prison interviews, archival footage, dramatic readings, as well as a potent chorus of voices, this riveting film explores Mumia's life before, during and after Death Row.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an internationally celebrated writer and radio journalist
who has devoted his life both inside and outside prison to resistance media.
He is the author of eight books and hundreds of columns, articles, and radio broadcasts; an organizer and inspiration for the prison lawyers movement where prisoners dedicate time to helping fellow prisoners; former member of the Black Panther Party and supporter of Philadelphia’s MOVE organization of the 1970s (which advocated green politics, expressed its opposition to technology and zoos, and supported animal rights). Mumia was framed for the death in 1981 of Philadelphia policeman, Daniel Faulkner, and has spent more than 30 years in prison, almost all of it in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s Death Row.
Mumia Long Distance Revolutionary is a powerful documentary that includes the story of the Philadelphia police crackdown of the MOVE organization in the late 70s. You can make your own connections between that event and more recent events in Ferguson, MO and elsewhere. Frank Rizzo, Chief of Police, in Philadelphia at the time of the confrontations was quoted as saying, “The police department in Philadelphia could invade Cuba and win” and
“What I'm saying is that we are now trained and equipped to fight wars.”
“He is Mumia Abu-Jamal on Death Row. No parole. Speaking from the depths of his soul, depths of his heart, depths of his mind of the sufferings of others, not even his own suffering, the sufferings of others.” --Cornel West
Added to the calendar on Monday Aug 25th, 2014 12:08 AM