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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

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Stephen Vittoria

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This film is certainly a bracing change from the usual back-and-forth of the evening news. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jan 31, 2013

Fresh: Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 1, 2013

Rotten: A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Feb 28, 2013

Rotten: An obstructive, agitprop style detracts from the important, singularly American story buried in Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary ... – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Jan 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

You've gotta see this film!

An unforgiving look at America today through the eyes of a man who was sentenced to death for speaking truth to power. He continues his life as a true journalist from a dark hole in the prison industrial complex. A very enjoyable film that you will want to watch again and again.

A Must-See!

I've long been fascinated by Mumia--his story, his words, his endurance. And if you want to track the particulars of his case and his wrongful imprisonment, there are many great pieces out there to watch. But if you want to meet Mumia and feel his power, this is the movie to see. It truly covers the "long distance" of an amazing revolutionary, and it does it by pushing the boundaries of the medium. We don't see documentaries like this one that merges literature, art, performance, history and storytelling into a snowball that rolls toward you, consumes you and leaves you flattened. In a good way.

A compelling document about the flip side of the American dream

MUMIA is not a typical "whodunnit" documentary which explores the criminal case, one of the most controversial in history, of former journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, but rather a telling portrait of the man himself and how he has used the past 30 years of his life, most of which were spent on Pennsylvania's Death Row, to fight for prisoner's rights, speak out on the prison industrial complex, and continue his life's work as a crusading journalist who is obsessed with justice, human rights and making the American Dream accessible for all Americans.

Many have slammed this film as a hagiography which "glamourizes" a convicted murderer, but nothing could be further from the truth. Please see this important film and make up your own mind about who Mumia is, what he has accomplished and where he is going, despite now serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison.

**** out of 4.