Too short to fully explore Malcolm, but interesting in its poetic approach
A quiet, almost poetic approach to a short (52 min) documentary on
Malcolm X, his life, philosophy and assassination.
Obviously 52 minutes isn't nearly enough to truly explore the man and
his long complex journey, but Akomfrah instead provides insightful
interview clips from many who knew Malcolm at various times in his life
(shot more interestingly than most documentary 'talking heads'),
interesting historic film clips, and many 'staged' moments.
But instead of trying to re-enact history (something that almost always
fails), Akomfrah creates surreal almost painting-like tableaux; a young
Malcolm standing staring at a bird cage. An older Malcolm, friends and
family out of focus in the background, holding a sign that says "I made
These turn the film from a familiar documentary, into something more
artistic and personal.
Far from the definitive film on Malcolm X, but a worthy addition to the
exploration of his life, times and legacy.
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