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Documentary, Period and Historical
James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist and critic, regarded as one of the most important voices of the Civil Rights movement. In this searing documentary, he recounts his experiences in 20th century America through the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, particularly focusing on his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers. His account of the political movement is explored, as well as his more personal reminiscences of American history. Fascinating archive footage is used throughout – to unsettling effect – capturing images from major historical events, often juxtaposed with disturbing scenes of contemporary American society. As well as this, the film dissects old film clips demonstrating the representation of African Americans in cinema, in provocative, unsettling ways. A challenging, but hugely rewarding documentary.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the History in Action strand of the festival.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection for secondary titles within the Saving the World strand of the Into Film Festival.
Powerful drama based on a shocking real life story that provoked debate and protest in America.
14+ years 82 mins
Powerful epic from famed director Spike Lee about the life of late African-American black liberation movement leader Malcolm X.
14+ years 197 mins
Powerful drama focusing on Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure voting rights for black Americans.
14+ years 123 mins
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With the arrival of 'Mary Shelley' in cinemas, we look at nine other great biopics of celebrated authors and ways they can deepen understanding of their works.
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