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Malcolm X Resources: Films About Malcolm

Selected Films

The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2001. 1 videocassette (53 min.) Africana Library Video 454
Focuses on the impact the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X had on race relations in America. Also scrutinizes the life of Malcolm X himself. Features dramatizations and interviews with Malcolm X's family and friends, as well as scholars and authors.

Brother Minister: The Assassination of El-Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X). Greenvale, NY: 3rd Millennium Entertainment Group, 1995. 1 videocassette (115 min.) Africana Library Videodisc 661
This story is told through the eyes and voices of Malcolm's friends, his former enemies, assassination experts, dramatic re-enactments, rare archival footage and photographs, and the disclosure of recently declassified FBI and NYPD counter intelligence documents. Contains only 11 minutes of narration.

El Hajj Malik el Shabazz. Xenon Home Video, 1991. 1 videocassette (60 min.) Africana Library Video 47
A "Like It Is" Television program special presentation produced, written and reported by Gil Noble.

The Life and Death of Malcolm X. Plymouth, MN: Simitar, 1992. 1 videocassette (89 min.) Africana Library Video 149
Shows dozens of Malcolm X speeches, interviews, and a special TV show.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Part I). Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, 1994. 1 video cassette (57 min.) Africana Library Video 86
In Lansing, Michigan, he is Malcolm Little, son of an outspoken minister who preaches black pride. At one time president of his seventh grade class, Malcolm later becomes "Detroit Red," a hustler, streetwise and fast--but not fast enough to stay out of prison. From prison he emerges as Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam. He brings the Nation into the spotlight on a controversial Mike Wallace televison show, and astounds the Harlem community by leading the Harlem mosque in a confrontation with the New York police.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Part II). Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, 1994. 1 video cassette (45 min.) Africana Library Video 86
After a confronation between police and members of the Nation of Islam at the Los Angeles Mosque, Malcolm forges a coalition of community and civil rights organizations around the issue of police brutality. He proposes a different vision for the Movement, speaking nationally about community control of black neighborhoods. Ultimaterly, Malcolm breaks from the Nation of Islam and strengthens his ties with national civil rights groups and liberation groups worldwide.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Part III). Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, 1994. 1 video cassette (40 min.) Africana Library Video 86
Following a pilgrimage to Mecca, Malcolm takes the name El Hajj Malik El Shabazz and elevates the struggle for civil rights to a human rights issue. He is invited to attend the Organization of African Unity Conference in Egypt, and travels to 14 African nations, becoming internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples. He expresses a deeper understanding of Islam and a willingness to accept white allies in his struggle against racism by the time he is assassinated in Harlem in 1965.

The Speeches of Malcolm X. Orland Park, IL: MPI Home Video, 1997.1 video cassette (40 min.) Africana Library Video 598
Presents a collection of Malcolm X's speeches, showing the development of his ideas and attitudes.

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