Menelik Shabazz

Barbados born Menelik Shabazz is an internationally acclaimed and multi-award Director/ Producer. He has workec in the British film industry for over 35 years in both documentary and fiction. He has produced work for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He is also a key pioneer in the development of contemporary black British cinema.

Shabazz is best known for his acclaimed cult classic Burning An Illusion (1982) which won the Grand Prix at the Amien International Film Festival in 1982. The film continues to be shown and taught in Universities.

Catch A Fire his BBC 2 drama/doc won the Prized Pieces/National Black Programming Consortium Award (1996/USA).

More recently his feature length documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock won the Jury award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad International Film Festival in 2012. The Story of Lover’s Rock became one of the highest grossing documentaries in UK cinemas in 2011.

Looking For Love, his most recent is a feature documentary about black love, relationships and sex in the UK. The film was released in August 2015 and was screened in 19 cinemas across the UK.

Shabazz is currently producing a TV Soap in his native Barbados in conjunction with Flow Cable.


Burning an Illusion
Menelik Shabazz
1981, 101 min., Color, UK
A young British-born woman of color comes of age while seeking security through marriage. But the false arrest and merciless beating of her boyfriend by police forces a turning point in both their lives. While in prison, Del asks Pat to bring him books on Black history; she reads them first. As she ...

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