'Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal' Will Get A Theatrical Release (Details)

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 28, 2012 5:23 PM
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I've just been informed that First Run Features film will open the film at Cinema Village theaters in New York City, on February 1, 2013.

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 filmmakers note, 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, most recently screening at DOC NY documentary film festival.

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal is directed by Stephen Vittoria, and produced by Noelle Hanrahan, Katyana Farzanrad, and Vittoria.

Watch the trailer below (I have yet to see the film, but I definitely want to):

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  • Blackman | November 29, 2012 1:34 AMReply

    I am ashamed. I never read any of his writings. I will now. There is Always a reason why White American FEAR Black Male prolific writers and speakers.

  • urbanauteur | November 29, 2012 1:32 PM

    Black Avatars(original term, before director-James Cameron usurp its true meaning) like MUMIA..are CRIMINALLY scarce nowadays, thanks to a anemic school system, an black mass exodus by a smorgasbord of aspiring petty-bourgeoisie hacks, who mimic this pro-American-pompous arrogance & insensitivity,with grand ignorance as their side dish; despite of all that, its refreshing to smell,know and taste, just how pragmatic struggle works in conjunction with one's tenacity and pedagogy for learning the mechanics of how revolutionary consciousness flourish in this bleak light, and how it continues in the face of European encroachment, anti-intellectual hostilities, ambiguity, retrenchment, and a hollow Amerikan I AM First spread with its peanut butter arrogance(ie:white settler colonialism oops? i almost forgot, the American Government just paid REPARATIONS TO NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN RESERVATION 3.4 BILLION$ today!) revolutionaries like MUMIA ABU- JAMAL bless us with these virgin TEA LEAVES to read,comprehend and positively ACT! , in order to thwart this prison industrial warehousing of our young black men and women, so us folks can nourish & manifest OUR respective Revolutionary Fervor!.

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