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Poster for Black History Month: Malcolm X (1992)
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Black History Month: Malcolm X (1992)

Opens on February 9

Director: Spike Lee Run Time: 202 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 1992

Starring: Al Freeman Jr., Albert Hall, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Denzel Washington

Country: United States, Japan
Language: English, Arabic

About the film:

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

Often misunderstood, Malcolm X was one of the leading forces of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement. He inspired many–and frightened many–but is destined to be remembered as one of the greatest men of his era. This riveting biography directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington in an Academy Award-nominated performance reveals the man at the center of a storm of change.

About the filmmaker:

Spike Lee is an award-winning director, producer, writer, actor, author, and a tenured professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A champion of independent filmmaking, his work challenges cultural assumptions about race, class, and identity. He served as jury president at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the first African-American to do so for the storied festival. In all, Lee has had seven films premiere at Cannes: She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Girl 6 (1996), Summer of Sam (1999), Ten Minutes Older (2002), and BlacKkKlansman (2018), which won him the Grand Prix and went on to receive a Best Picture nomination at the 91st Academy Awards. Some of his other notable films include Malcolm X (1992), 4 Little Girls (1997), 25th Hour (2002), and Da 5 Bloods (2020).

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