Tributes to Menelik Shabazz

The British Barbadian Award winning Filmmaker has died age 67 in Zimbabwe, according to sources he died on 28 June, cause of death is not public. Menelik Shabazz was an Award winning film director, producer, and writer – a key pioneer in the development of contemporary black British cinema. Born in 1954 he produced for Channel 4 drama Big George is Dead (​1983), directed by Henry Martin, and the documentary I am Not Two Islands. He was born in St. John, Barbados and he had lived in the UK since the age of five. From an early age Menelik watched mobile cinema in his village in #Barbados, but didn’t entertain the idea of making films until his teen years. This was when he was introduced to the first portable video technology whilst studying at North London College.

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