Menelik Shabazz

  • Menelik Shabazz – Time and Judgement (1988)

    Documentary1981-1990Menelik ShabazzUnited Kingdom

    This genre-bending sci-fi documentary from pioneering filmmaker Menelik Shabazz spans four hundred years to tell the story of the African liberation movement. Chronicling the tribulations and triumphs of people of African descent in and out of Africa, with a special focus on the struggles of the last century, TIME AND JUDGEMENT features extensive footage of movements in the Caribbean, Africa, America, and Europe and offers critical political analysis of leaders such as Maurice Bishop of Grenada; Walter Rodney of Guyana; Jesse Jackson, Kwame Ture (a.k.a. Stokley Carmichael), and Louis Farrakhan of the United States; Samora Machel of Mozambique; Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana; Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica; and others. Through a blending of theater, poetry, music, and painting, the film establishes a connection between biblical prophecy and the times we are living in, leading to a final confrontation between the forces of greed and love.Read More »

  • Menelik Shabazz – Burning an Illusion (1981)

    1981-1990DramaMenelik ShabazzUnited Kingdom

    A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning an Illusion marked a coming of age for black British cinema. A film about transformation and identity, it is a love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London. It was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.Read More »

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