Featuring contributions from the likes of Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Dick Gregory, Peter Coyote, Ruby Dee, M-1, Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Goodman, and many others, the new feature documentary, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, focuses on Abu-Jamal's career as a prolific writer and journalist from Death Row.
As the filmmaker notes, the film in no way deals with Mumia’s case, but rather chronicles his life and work as a journalist, writer, philosopher, and revolutionary – both before and after his incarceration.
Further, it follows Mumia’s early career in journalism as a writer for the Black Panther newspaper (at age 15), to a reporter for NPR.
The story then exposes his battles with the American legal system to continue his revolutionary journalism and radio broadcasts from Death Row – a battle he continues to wage to this very day.
The film also explores his impact on social and political discourse both in the United States and around the world.
It's currently making its way through the film festival circuit, and will next screen at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, which announced today its Red Carpet Galas, Special Presentations, and Films in Competition.
The film is up for the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary.
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal is directed by Stephen Vittoria, and produced by Noelle Hanrahan, Katyana Farzanrad, and Vittoria.
Director Vittoria stopped by Democracy Now! to chat with Amy Goodman about the contents of the film, and he brought along some clips with him.