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Malcolm X first interview for British TV (1963)

Extract from Black Muslims (1963). Watch the complete programme on BFI Player (UK only):

In a groundbreaking report for current affairs series This Week, Malcolm X is interviewed about his beliefs during a trial following the shooting of seven black men by the LAPD at a Los Angeles mosque. Though the report couches the incident and the popularity of the Nation of Islam in terms typical of the time, much of the film features Malcolm X discussing the tenets of Elijah Muhammad and making his own searing case for reparations and separation. As coverage of a trial in which black men were charged with assault following a fatal shooting by police, this film remains strikingly relevant.