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Who Killed Malcolm X?

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about death of Black icon lacks historical context.

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The series ends up as a true crime documentary, rather than a historical one. Malcolm X is a rich, complex, and vital historical figure. Unfortunately, Who Killed Malcolm X? is less interested in the history surrounding its central character and his activism than in the mystery behind his death. And no matter how legitimate Abdur-Rahman Muhammad and the documentarians' research may be, presenting a conspiracy theory in a true crime format is problematic, especially when no alternate viewpoints are shown. All of this makes Who Killed Malcolm X? a missed opportunity on multiple levels.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 7, 2019
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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