Seven Songs for Malcolm X
John Akomfrah • 52m
Directed by John Akomfrah • Documentary • 1993 • 52 minutes
An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader, SEVEN SONGS FOR MALCOLM X collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic reenactments to tell the life, legacy, loves, and losses of Malcolm X.
Featuring interviews with Malcolm's widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and many other, SEVEN SONGS looks for the meaning behind the resurgence of interest in the man whose X always stood for the unknown.
"What makes SEVEN SONGS so provocative is that Akomfrah shows respect for many different interpretations of Malcolm, suggesting that this revolutionary figure belongs to everybody."—The Chicago Reader
"Combines riveting footage of the man himself, extracts from his writing, recollections of his family, friends and fellow activists... It's all here: Malcolm X's charisma, the struggle to clarify his beliefs, and the context in which they evolved"—Time Out