Films

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Film. Written by Steve Fayer and Orlando Bagwell. 1994. 2 hours, 18 min.
Documentary film on the life and words of Malcolm X/ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryMalcolm X: Make It Plain chronicles Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)’s journey from his birth on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965.

His compelling story is told through the memories of people who had close personal and working relationships with him: prominent figures such as Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis, John Henrik Clarke, Sonia Sanchez, Peter Bailey, Yuri Kochiyama, Gordon Parks, and Alex Haley; Nation of Islam associates, including Wallace D. Muhammad, the son of Elijah Muhammad; and family members, including his wife, Betty Shabazz, and his oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz. Included is extensive archival footage of Malcolm X, speaking in his own words at meetings and rallies, and in media interviews.  Produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell; written by Steve Fayer and Orlando Bagwell; co-produced by Judy Richardson. [American Experience description.]

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Malcolm X: Make it Plain from Ford Foundation on Vimeo.

Democracy Now! Interview with Filmmaker Orlando Bagwell