Produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, NY and Maysles Cinema
THEME: No. 8 of the 10-point party platform
We Want Freedom For All Black Men Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails. We believe that all Black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.
Deggra Stratton, 24 min
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal
Stephen Vittoria, 2013, 120 min
Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Philadelphia Black Panther 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. The film features many supporters of Mumia, including actress Ruby Dee, Cornel West, writer Tariq Ali, and author Michelle Alexander ("The New Jim Crow").
This program is in partnership with the Seventh Art Stand: Uplifting Black Voices which is a national film screening and discussion series which utilizes film to bridge communities and create new inroads for civil rights discourse. This series enters its second installment with Uplifting Black Voices Now and Then focused on the continually relevant need for films that empower African-Americans.