Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)

Sep 15, 1993 | Biography, Documentary, History

Director: John Akomfrah

Writer(s): John Akomfrah, Edward George

Starring: Darrick Harris, Danny Carter, Martin Boothe, Byron O. Hurlock, Edward George, Tricia Rose, Theodore L. Cash, Olamide Faison, Tiffany Nelson, Tiffany Tate, Giancarlo Esposito, Toni Cade Bambara, Cocoa Fusco, Wilfred X, Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, Greg Tate, Hassan El-Sayeed, Yuri Kochiyama, Thulani Davis, Robin Kelley, Patricia Williams, William Kunstler, Benjamin 2X, A. Peter Bailey, John Henrik Clarke, Peter Goldman, James Farmer Jr., Jan Carew, Malcolm ‘Shorty’ Jarvis

Synopsis: Seven Songs for Malcolm X is a British documentary film about the life of Malcolm X, the influential civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1965.

The film pays homage to the life and the legacy of the African-American activist Malcolm X through a series of narrations and dramatic reenactments. The narrations are conducted by members of Malcolm X’s family, former aides, eyewitnesses, scholars of history, social analysts and quotations from Malcolm X’s autobiography.

Release Date: September 15, 1993 (Canada) | Length: 52 min | Genre: Biography, History | MPAA Rating: NR

Note: Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1993. I could not distinguish the characters in the film known as Malcolm’s men (Danny Carter, Martin Boothe, Edward George) or the girls (Tiffany Nelson, Tiffany Tate).