Strategy Center screens film:Long Distance Revolutionary; A Journey with Mumia

Long Distance Revolutionary movie posterIn early February, 65 members of the Bus Riders Union and Community Rights Campaign attended a private screening of Stephen Vittoria's Long Distance Revolutionary. The film documents the story of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Black revolutionary and investigative journalist who has spent 30 years on death row in United States prisons.

Before the screening began, Vittoria stated that the film, which took 3 years to produce and refine, was not meant to document or re-visit Mumia Abu-Jamal's case---that there are a number of films and books that do so---but that Long Distance Revolutionary was instead meant to tell the story of Mumia's life, his political development, and his journalistic achievements.

The film itself was a quick-paced and inspiring story of Mumia as an independent journalist whose powerful voice, once used primarily for radio, eventually becomes prominent in the struggle against the prison-industrial complex in the United States. Vittoria even includes an interesting juxtaposition between Mumia and two Mexican artists who document the continuing murder of journalists in Mexico---making it clear that Mumia is a political prisoner who examples the power of journalism and information in the struggle against empire. 

After the screening of the film, it was clear that Long Distance Revolutionary had a lasting impression on many of our members and organizers. Many of us felt that Mumia's thoughts and attitudes echoed our own, and that his fight to continue begin heard was an inspiring example in our own struggle. Furthermore, Vittoria's inclusion of historical events---such as the attack on the MOVE organization in Philadelphia in 1985, which was an important focus of Mumia's journalism---left us with a greater appreciation and desire for the history of Black revolutionary struggle in the United States.

Many of us felt greatly honored to have been invited to this special screening of Long Distance Revolutionary, and will be working hard to attract other organizers and political organizations to the film's public release from March 1st to March 3rd at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 @ 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90211. For more information, click here.

You can also listen to Mumia Abu Jamal's powerful interview speaking on his biggest political influences and the political "mentacide" of today's youth on Voices from the Frontline with host Eric Mann here.