Malcolm X Nothing But a Man

Nothing But a Man

Film screening with introduction

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Sun 17 May 2015

Nothing But a Man

Film screening with introduction

Malcolm X Nothing But a Man
Sun 17 May 2015,

A landmark of American cinema, this uniquely truthful depiction of black life in early 1960s Alabama rightly won great acclaim at festivals internationally. Though it then sank into relative obscurity, a recent restoration by the Library of Congress has again made its many virtues gloriously apparent. Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning black pride, it tells the story of Duff (Ivan Dixon), a railroad section hand who is forced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with Josie, an educated preacher’s daughter. Small wonder this was reputedly Malcolm X’s favourite film; terrific performances by the mostly African-American cast (jazz great Abbey Lincoln is especially memorable as the strong-willed Josie), eloquent camerawork by Roemer’s writing partner Robert M Young, and a matchless soundtrack of Motown tunes make for understated but powerful drama.

Dir: Michael Roemer
95 mins, 1964, USA

Screening with short film The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (Dirs: Gail Dolgin/Robin Fryday), about an African-American barber in Birmingham, Alabama who experiences the fulfilment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president.

With an introduction by broadcaster and commentator Roger Griffith (My American Odyssey: From the Windrush to the White House).

Part of Come the Revolution… a series of screenings, discussions and special events to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of minister, author, self-made man, political activist and civil rights leader – the complex, controversial and charismatic Malcolm X.

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