http://www.watershed.co.uk/dshed/come-the-revolution-the-story-of-michael-x-intro-and-panel-discussionA 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.
The season kicks off on Wed 6 May with This Is The Life, Selma director Ava DuVernay's award-winning look at the influential early 90s Los Angeles hip hop scene, which would become a breeding ground for conscious (or alternative) hip hop. Join us after the screening for the Good Life After Party (22:00 - late), where Ujima Radio's DJ Style and Bristol underground stalwart Awkward unite for a night of 90s hip hop tunes.
The season continues with spotlights on another radical icon, Angela Davis, (Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 and extremely rare doc Free Angela and All Political Prisoners), a look at black life in early 1960s Alabama (Nothing But A Man, reputedly Malcolm X's favourite film), an examination of the untold story of black backing singers (20 Feet From Stardom) plus an evening of live music, a panel discussion on Malcolm X's legacy today (Looking Black) and an investigation on black radicalism closer to home (The Story of Michael X).
Bristol Festival of Ideas are distributing 1,000 free copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, a remarkable book that is now regarded as one of the most important and influential non fiction books of the last 100 years, across the city, including Watershed. Register your interest for one of them here and get involved in the discussion.
"50 years after his death, the image of Malcolm X lives on through film and continues to excite the black imagination. This season of screenings and events will ask why this is the case, and suggest what these representations mean to us now in the UK" - Karen Alexander, writer and curator
Ticket prices: £4.00 - £8.00
This strand is presented by Come The Revolution, a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol and Birmingham committed to exploring and challenging black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema. This is a BFI FAN Film Hub South West & West Midlands project with support from the National Lottery through the British Film Institute. Presented in partnership with Ujima Radio and Festival of Ideas. For more information visit watershed.co.uk/filmhub/come-the-revolution
Image credit: Jon Daniel