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."
“Abu-Jamal’s words flow like the sap of trees, pulsing with energy and capturing the essence of life.”
– Library Journal
“Uncompromising, disturbing…Abu-Jamal’s voice has the clarity and candor of a man whose impending death emboldens him to say what is on his mind without fear of consequence.” – The Boston Globe
“Study of the civil rights era in American classrooms tends to end with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…"Mumia: Long-Distance Revolutionary" is fascinating because it covers the overlooked time period--the late sixties through the seventies--by examining race relations within the northern U.S. city of Philadelphia, a place not popularly associated with racial injustice.” - Alicia Fox, Student Handouts