Malcolm's Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X

Synopsis: Malcolm's Echo lifts Malcolm X off the pages of history and places his legacy firmly in our consciousness.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Dami Akinnusi
84 min

[eerie instrumental music]

[labored breathing]

[clicking noise]

- Listen.


Do you hear it?

Go away.

You all have to go away.

[gasping breaths]

[strange scraping noises]


[footsteps pounding]

[locks clicking]

It's not in my head.


Bobby, where are you?


Bobby, why aren't you here?

It's happening again.

Shh, shh.


They're after me.

I'm not crazy.

I'm not crazy.

You hear them, don't you?

[labored breathing]



[sobbing and screaming]

[pounding noises]


[keys jangling]


[mechanical whirring]

- Well, they're hiring


down at sanitation,

if you're interested.

- There's nothing

in transportation?

- Not at the moment.

Do you have any other

job skills?

- Good mechanic.

- Got a lot of mechanics waiting

for work already.

All right, now what time will l

expect you to call me tonight?

- About what?

- Well, it says here you got

a board release.

Do you understand

what that means?

- I've never done this before.

- It means parole

on a short leash.

So you call

in the next 24 hours

and let me know

where you're parking

yourself tonight.

- I'm staying at my mother's.

- All right.

You come in every Tuesday

for the next six months.

Now, this is important,

because you miss one,

you're in violation.

Does your mother know

you're staying with her?

- No.

- Well, don't you think

you should call and tell her?

- She died while I was inside.

- I'm sorry to hear that.

Do you have any other family?

Call him in the morning.

He may have work.

Not a lot of employers

want to hire people

in your situation.

[horn honking]

[men talking indistinctly]


- Need something?

- Helen Reynolds' son.

I left you that message.

- Oh, yeah, yeah.

Of course, 519.

Wait here.

- I don't know where I'm going.

- Elevator to five.

Had to go in to change

the locks, you know?

- How come?

- Well, the police had to break

the door open,

you know, when they found her.

I didn't charge you for it,


- Thanks.

- [muttering in Russian]

- Going up?

- [muttering in Russian]

[door creaks]

[metal scrapes]

[high-pitched discordant

piano music]


[muffled voices]

- [sighs]

[sweet piano music]

[thumping and scraping]


Damn it.

- What do you mean,

what do I mean?

Where were you?

- I was just here

inside the house.

- You were just here inside

of the house.

Now, how come I saw you

out by that door?

What are you doing at that door?

You weren't there?

What, am I seeing things?

- I really don't understand.

What happened here?


[door slams]

Oh, there's another story again.

- No, it's not a story.

She wanted to play.

- She can play inside

the apartment.

Why do you have to play with her

out in the hallway?

[record skips]

[muffled voices]

[people chattering]

- I'll be right with you.

- What do you guys want?

- Tell me what's good here.

- Listen.


- Can you excuse me?


When did you get back?

- A couple days.

- Are you here for good?

- I hope so.

- I'm sorry about your mom.

I heard what happened.

- Yeah, it's...

You look great.

- No, no, I don't.

You don't have to say that.

- Maybe a cup of coffee

or something later?

- I can't.

I have finals.

- School?

You're going to school?

- Yep.

- That's amazing.

- I have to design

an entire line by next week.


everything's really different

for me now.

- Yeah, maybe another time.

Maybe this weekend, maybe-

- I'm working doubles

and school,

and, look,

I have zero free time.

I don't think it's a good idea.

- Can we get the bill, please?

- [sighs]

I'm sorry.

I have to get back to work.

- It's good to see you.

- You too.

[scraping noises]

[person moaning]

[louder moaning]


[clattering noise]

- Help.

- Mom.

- Help me.

[heavy breathing]

[men talking indistinctly]

- See anything wrong?

- Got to be a loose

brake pad spring.

- You're sure about that?

- Guy complained of a rattle

when he drives over bumps,


- That's right.

You know how to check for

misfires in alignment pressure?

- Yeah.

- Look, I've got to be honest

with you.

Involuntary manslaughter,

that's not exactly

a minor offense, you know?

- If I had more to offer you

than my word,

I would give it to you, man.

But I'm just trying to put

my life back together.

- Pay ain't high.

- I don't need much.

- If I hire you, I just ask you

to be straight with me.

All right?

It took me a long time

to build this shop,

and I don't want anything

risking that.

You understand?

- Give me one week,

and I'll show you what I can do.

- Come back tomorrow.

- Thank you.

- All right.

Sir, get up.


- It's suppertime.

He won't answer.

- Got some plumbing problems,

I think.

Like, I'm hearing noises

in the walls.

- Patrol and unit 25.


- [woman speaks indistinctly]

- We get calls.

This is a code four

on First and Broadway.

- Code two.

Get 6544.

[indistinct voices over radio]

- [sighs]


[cheers and applause on TV]

Miss Trupiano?

Bobby Reynolds.


Yeah, from high school.

Uh, yeah, I was released.

Is Louis there?

Oh, yeah?

You got a forwarding number

maybe or-



- She's got the dirty mouth

from the South.

All the way from Pascagoula,


it's Molly Ritter.

[cheers and applause]

[dull scraping]

[dull scraping]

[muffled scraping]

[high-pitched piano tone]

[lid creaks]

[high-pitched piano tone]

You handle all the apartments

in the building, man?

Who's been in mine?

- You have the only key.

Everything okay?

- I found these.

- They're fingernails.

- I know what they are, man.

Why-why are they in my place?

Who would keep 'em?

- Maybe they belong

to your mother?

- Why would she keep 'em?

- When did you

speak to her last?

- Couple of years.

Yeah, you shouldn't have

to hear this from me,

but the neighbors heard

from the police.

Your mother locked herself

in her apartment for weeks

before she died.

- What?

You got any idea

why she would do that?

- No idea.

I started work here after.

I never met her.

But when they found her,

she was in real bad shape.

You never knew about this?

Nobody check in on her?

- She didn't have

anybody else, man.

Maybe one of the neighbors

upstairs knows more.

- Well, no offense, son,

but nobody here wants

to talk to you.

Everybody knows you were

in prison.

People talk.

She was sick, real sick.

- Yeah.

You-you gonna check

on those noises?

- What noises?

- In the walls.

Rusty pipes, I don't know.

They're coming

from somewhere, man.

Well, this is a prewar building.

You know, walls are thick.

There's vents running through

the ceiling.

There's no sound.

You seem to be the only one

hearing things.

- I wasn't there.

- You weren't there?

What am l-

am I seeing things?

- l-I don't know what you're

talking about.

- Why do you keep lying to me

all the time?

- I'm not lying to you.

What, I go to work all day.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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