“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change.” — Ossie Davis
THE GREAT MIGRATION (Panels 1 & 3) by Jacob Lawrence
The Great Migration illustrates the mass exodus of African-Americans who moved to the North in search for a better life.
To include two panels from Lawrence’s historic series was an honor.
To see the entire series, click here.
THE LIFE OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL By Seth Tobocman
Radical New York City artist Seth Tobocman created twenty-three panels that depict the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Tobocman’s unique style and strong narrative was a perfect fit for the film.
MUMIA SHAKES HANDS WITH DEATH By Seth Tobocman
To learn more about Seth Tobocman, click here.
STREET COP, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, and FLAMING FIST by Eric Drooker
Eric Drooker (American painter, graphic novelist, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker) has long supported
Mumia Abu-Jamal. His stunning work here is no exception.
To learn more about Eric Drooker, click here.
FLAG & MUMIA By Mac McGill
One of New York City’s leading pen and ink artists, Mac McGill graced the film with two of his extraordinary works.
To learn more about Mac McGill, click here.
STOLEN LIVES & REIGN OF TERROR By Ann Erpino
California artist Ann Erpino has been fighting the corrupt machine since she picked up a paintbrush. Her surreal depiction of Mumia and American imperialism hold a dramatic and important place in the film’s narrative. Ann also appears in the film.
Click here for an interview with Ann Erpino.
To learn more about Ann Erpino, click here.
FREEDOM & POWER TO THE PEOPLE By Emory Douglas
Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas also appears in Long Distance Revolutionary. His activist art and frontline thoughts help to capture the good fight waged by the Panthers.
Click here for an interview with Emory Douglas.
To learn more about Emory Douglas, click here.
EL CORREDOR DE LOS SILENCIADOS By Ricardo Samaniego Mendoza & Helena Moguel Samaniego
Moved by the struggle of Mumia Abu-Jamal, young Mexican artists Ricardo Samaniego Mendoza and Helena Moguel Samaniego created this installation entitled “The Corridor of the Silenced Ones” or “El Corredor de Los Silenciados.”
Click here to watch their section of the film.
Lo más peligroso que puede existir para un sistema injusto, corrupto, ineficiente o represivo es la denuncia. La denuncia le abre los ojos al pueblo y politiza la vida diaria de las personas. He ahí la razón de que la libertad de expresión no pueda ser tolerada por aquéllos que temen que sus núcleos de poder se vean truncados ante el poderío del pueblo. ⎯Los Artistas
“Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires… But what history really shows is that today`s empire is tomorrow`s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.”