Dir Raoul Peck | 2016 | USA | 93 mins | Cert 12A
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work and flood of rich archival material. The documentary is a journey into black history, that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO screening will be hosted by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, writer, journalist, gal-dem editor and Douglas Field, Co-founding Editor of the James Baldwin Review and author.
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