An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of ... See full summary »
Joe Louis Barrow Jr.,
In 1964's Freedom Summer, a white housewife from Chicago was killed fighting for Civil Rights, leaving behind a young son. This is the story of his journey, as a man, to find out who his mother was and why she died.
Unlike any other film, book, or article produced about Mumia Abu-Jamal, "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" focuses on his career as a prolific author and broadcaster from Pennsylvania's Death Row. In fact, the film does not deal with Abu-Jamal's case, but rather chronicles his life and work as a journalist and revolutionary - both prior and post incarceration. After Abu-Jamal is convicted for the murder of of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Abu-Jamal's battles with the American court system to continue his work from prison- a battle he continues to wage to this very day. Written by
Street Legal Cinema
This film avoids the well-trodden tale of Mumia's frame-up and the injustices done to him, and instead situates his life in the span of history he has lived through and addressed, from his childhood, through his young adulthood and early professional journalism, and on through his valiant efforts to stay connected and relevant to history and society despite his isolation on Death Row. Let's the facts speak for themselves on the cowardice of National "Public" Radio. The film features readings from Mumia's numerous books, audio of some of his commentaries, extensive interviews with people who "knew him when," including his sister, and some dramatizations of his relationships with his family, including a moving tribute to his mother, and a painful scene with his daughter, who is finally able to visit but prevented from touching him by a wall of glass. Well worth seeing more than once.
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