The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen Spike Lee's Malcolm X at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sept. 9. Tickets are free, but attendees must pre-register here.
The Ridgefield Playhouse streamed bonus content will be available on the Playhouse's YouTube channel for anyone not attending the screening and watching from home. The bonus content for Malcolm X will consist of an interview with actress Sharon Washington led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington and can be seen following the screening in the theater or online after the screening date. In addition to roles on Broadway and film, Washington was featured in Malcolm X in the role of Augusta.
Anchored by a powerful performance from Denzel Washington, Spike Lee’s biopic of the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation, Malcolm X, is heavily inspired by Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
The film begins with Malcolm Little as a petty criminal. He’s sent to prison for burglary, but his incarceration proves to be a blessing in disguise, as he’s exposed to the teachings of Islam and learns discipline. Upon his release from prison, he adopts the last name “X” and rises within the Nation of Islam, but his ascent is met with resentment and opposition, especially when he and mentor Elijah Muhammad begin to feud. Suspended by the Nation, he makes his pilgrimage to Mecca, where he learns that there is good in all races.
Upon his return to the United States, he denounces racism and becomes open to working with the civil rights leaders he had previously shunned. The film follows X until his assassination at Harlem’s Audobon Ballroom in 1965.
Tickets are free, but due to COVID, tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at (203) 438-5795.