Black Audio Film Collective at PAMM presents a selection of films characterized by an interest in the diasporic African experience, memory, and new modes of representation. This evening, PAMM will screen Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993) by John Akomfrah, and the film will be introduced by Alessandra Raengo, PhD, Associate Professor, Moving Image Studies, Georgia State University.
Seven Songs for Malcolm X, 1993
Color video transferred from 16 mm film, with sound, 52 min., 45 sec.
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Shot in New York at the time of the release of Spike Lee’s critically important movie, Malcolm X (1992), this film portrays the life of the legendary African-American political leader, Malcolm X, aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Layered with documentary footage, stylized reconstructions, and interviews with Malcom X’s widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and others, this video-essay provides a compelling and poetic portrait of postwar American culture and of one of its most mercurial figures.
Alessandra Raengo is Associate Professor of Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University. She writes on African-American art, black diaspora cinema and visual culture, race and aesthetics and is the author of On the Sleeve of the Visual: Race as Face Value (Dartmouth College Press, 2013) and of Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled (Bloomsbury Press, October 2016). Raengo is the founder and coordinator of liquid blackness, a research project on blackness and aesthetics, and general editor of its journal.