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A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing.
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
I have seen a lot of films about the case surrounding the arrest and incarceration of Mumia Abu Jamal, but this film was refreshingly different. This movie was not only artfully done, but it was a good in-depth film about the soul of Mumia. Understanding where he comes from and how his natural curiosity about the wider world formed his political consciousness and drove him to a career in journalism with the pitfalls confronting truth-tellers and non-conformists in that world is fascinating. Mumia is a very complex man but a man with deep love for the truth and for freedom for everyone. I would not only recommend this film to my friends but I want to see it again and again.
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