Patrisse Cullors on set for Malcolm Revisited (photo by Alexandre Dorriz)

LOS ANGELES — If you follow Patrisse Cullors, you know that she is a very busy person. Every day, the Black Lives Matter co-founder helps wade “through the messiness of the internet” with her news digest. And amid frequent speaking engagements concerning politics and the movement for Black lives, she is also an active artist and helps run the beloved collective and gallery Crenshaw Dairy Mart.

This Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, Cullors is premiering her latest project: Malcolm Revisited, a video work that will launch Black Lives Matter’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign for the November presidential election. The film is screening for free on REDCAT’s website both nights.

Malcolm Revisited builds upon a 2016 video work in which Cullors responds to Malcom X’s “The Ballot or The Bullet,” his legendary 1964 speech urging Black Americans to vote when President Lyndon Johnson was running for reelection. As Cullors observes, “Our visionary Brother Malcolm saw the vote as a tactic in the larger strategy for freedom.”

The newest video will share how Malcolm has directly impacted Cullors herself, as well as fellow artist and organizer Aaryn Lang and producer Brayan Gonzalez.

“The resurrection of this piece in 2020 of Malcolm’s visionary words is both timely and a call to action for people, especially Black people, to vote, resist, and build power,” Cullors wrote in an email to Hyperallergic. She added, “Even after November, as it has been every year since the Reconstruction Act, the work does not end there. Malcolm Revisited is a conversation that we hope will engage the nation.”

When: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at 8pm (PDT)
Where: Online at REDCAT

Malcolm Revisited is curated by Patrisse Cullors, produced by Slowblink, and directed by Satta.

More info at REDCAT 

Elisa Wouk Almino is a senior editor at Hyperallergic. She is based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.