The documentary follows the extraordinary journey of the journalist and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was imprisoned in solitary confinement on death row in Pennsylvania, USA for 30 years. Since he was found guilty in 1982 of the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner on questionable evidence, America has been divided. The right wing has long expressed its undivided approval of the death sentence for 'the cop killer', while Mumia has become a left-wing icon and a symbol for freedom and justice in the United States.
Long Distance Revolutionary is a tribute to the man, who with his indomitable courage has never stopped fighting for his own – and everyone else's - freedom. The film is based on Mumia's enormous literary and journalistic talent, as we are given compelling and moving performances of his works by people such as Angela Davis and Cornel West. We are given the story of his life both by his colleagues and his many supporters...but also by Mumia himself. It is the story about a remarkable man who has never compromised his principles - even after spending 30 years in a six square metres small cell. The aim is justice. Politics, philosophy, and literature are the means.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A.
Peter Hodgkinson OBE, Director, Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, University of Westminster will comment on the death penalty.
Sara Callaway, Global Women Strike and Jailhouse Lawyers’ project will comment on the issue of political prisoners.
The event is organised by The Development & Conflict Group at the School of Law, University of Westminster in association with Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Human Rights Committee Law Society, Newham Monitoring Project, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF).
The event is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP Nicola Laing at [email protected]
Development & Conflict Group: email [email protected]
CAMPACC: www.campacc.org.uk e-mail: [email protected]
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers: www.haldane.org
Law Society Human Rights Committee: http://international.lawsociety.org.uk/hr
Newham Monitoring Project: www.nmp.org.uk
Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF): www.cpbf.org.uk