Mumia Speaks to the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival at World Premiere

10/8/12

 

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal www.mumia-themovie.com

 

Directed by Stephen Vittoria

Starring: Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Peter Coyote, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

After 30 years in prison, Mumia Abu-Jamal still has the ability to provoke, educate and inspire, for those willing to listen. Attempts to silence Abu-Jamaland the powers that be are nothing if not persistenthave failed. Through interviews and readings from his books (written in longhand, without benefit of online resources), his voice comes through clear as a bell in this inspiring portrait that throws a powerful punch for freedom of expression and democracy. Obscured in the long-standing controversy over his conviction for the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, and his adoption as a bumper-sticker symbol of injustice and racism, has been the fact that Abu-Jamal was and is a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. A potent chorus of prominent voices (comprised of Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman and others) lends fine support, but it’s the words and insights of the man himself that stick with you.

Film Note Writer: Michael Fox