Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2013)

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… More

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Release Date: February 1, 2013
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

"Mumia" gradually becomes a persuasive attempt to celebrate the content of his character, not the violence that apparently led to his imprisonment.

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Leonard Maltin
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You don't have to agree with Abu-Jamal's politics to admire his work ethic-or his eloquence.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Director Stephen Vittoria lines up a roster of writers and educators, actors and activists, to sing Abu-Jamal's praise. And praise they do.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

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.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Long Distance Revolutionary is a blistering indictment of institutionalized racism and also a sensitive picture of a fascinating human being.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The doc is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

This tiresome documentary on activist journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal buries its subject under waves of gratingly repetitive accolades.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
I remember hearing about the case of Mumia Abu Jamal, ne Wesley Cook, who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1981, when I was in college but… More