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  • Summary: Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to Death Row, 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 alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner. [First Run Features] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 9, 2013
    63
    More a deification than a documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 31, 2013
    50
    The documentary is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves. Still it raises issues of racism in America (flashback to George Wallace) that are worthy of discussion.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 31, 2013
    50
    The samples of Mr. Abu-Jamal's writings aren't generous enough to establish whether his is a singular voice or just a prolific one, with Mr. Vittoria instead letting the film wander considerably.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 22, 2013
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jan 29, 2013
    40
    The overall fist-pumping rhetoric (lots of earnest reciting of Abu-Jamal's prose) and a failure to address the possibility that he might have, in fact, shot that cop in 1981 make this profile more hagiography than history.
  6. Feb 28, 2013
    40
    Mumia Abu-Jamal would be the perfect subject for an investigative documentary that explored his life and thought with a calm and even hand. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is not that film.
  7. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 29, 2013
    30
    Oblique and thickly layered with rhetoric, this account does little to illuminate Mumia the man, but it sets Mumia the statue aglow.

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