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Darrick Harris ... Malcolm X
Danny Carter ... Malcolm's Man
Martin Boothe ... Malcolm's Man
Byron O. Hurlock ... Malcolm's Man
Edward George ... Malcolm's Man
Tricia Rose ... Malcolm's Mother
Theodore L. Cash ... Malcolm's Father
Olamide Faison ... Young Malcolm
Tiffany Nelson ... Girl
Tiffany Tate ... Girl

Giancarlo Esposito ... Autobiography Reading (voice)
Toni Cade Bambara ... Commentary (voice)
Cocoa Fusco ... FBI Files Reading (as Coco Fusco)
Wilfred X (as Wilfred Little)
Betty Shabazz

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Greg Tate
Hassan El-Sayeed
Yuri Kochiyama
Thulani Davis
Robin Kelley
Patricia Williams
William Kunstler
Benjamin 2X (as Iman Benjamin Karim)
Peter Bailey (as A. Peter Bailey)
John Henrik Clarke
Peter Goldman
James Farmer
Jan Carew
Malcolm 'Shorty' Jarvis
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Directed by
John Akomfrah 
 
Writing credits
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John Akomfrah  writer
Edward George  writer

Produced by
Lina Gopaul .... producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Mathison 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Jafa 
 
Film Editing by
Joy Chamberlain 
 
Sound Department
Peter Hodges .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Julian MacDonald .... assistant editor
 

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Too short to fully explore Malcolm, but interesting in its poetic approach, 20 August 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

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 me".

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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