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The Smithsonian Channel and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) joined forces Wednesday to host the premiere of “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X,” slated to air on the Smithsonian Channel on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
The iconic civil rights activist, née Malcolm Little, was assassinated Feb. 21, 1965, in Harlem at the Audubon Ballroom, which is fleshed out through the footage that comprises the film.
Filmmaker Tom Jennings of 1895 Films has made a number of such productions, which eschew narration for film and audio recordings to tell the stories.
”We do a series for the Smithsonian Channel called ‘The Lost Tapes,’ and in that series, all the films have no narration and no interviews,” Jennings said. “So we only use archival materials to tell the story. A lot of documentaries in the past have experts talking and they tell you what they think, and you may see 10 seconds or 12 seconds of the speech. Then they move on to another point with the narrator.