- Running time145 minutes
- DirectorShirani Sabaratnam
This tribute event to Gil Scott Heron features a rare double bill screening of two films about his life and work.
Revolutionary poets and founders of contemporary RAP music, Gil Scott Heron and legendary Last Poet Jalal Nuriddin have come together in an unprecedented exclusive to endorse Malik Al Nasir (a.k.a Mark T. Watson's) poetry book "Ordinary Guy". Malik takes us on a poetic journey from Liverpool, to London, Paris to Washington DC whilst demonstrating how his poetry has been shaped and encouraged by these giants of the spoken word genre under whose very hands he was schooled. It also features a critique of Malik's poetry by UK dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
Who is Gil Scott Heron?
Directors: Jane Forsyth and Iain Pollard. 60 mins, UK. 2015
When Gil Scott Heron died in 2010, he left behind a body of work that has influenced writers, academics and musicians. He’s been called ‘the godfather of rap’ and ‘the black Bob Dylan’ and his words have influenced every generation of hip-hop.
This film is a portrait of Gil Scott Heron seen through the eyes of those who loved him - his friends, his family, and the musicians he played with.
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