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I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America.
- Independent Lens
- Premiere Date
- January 15, 2018
- 90 minutes
- Funding Initiative
- Series and Special Projects
Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes films The Man by the Shore (Competition Cannes, 1993); Lumumba, (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes, 2000; aired on HBO); He directed and produced Sometimes in April for HBO (Berlinale, 2005); Moloch Tropical (Toronto, 2009; Berlin, 2010); and Murder in Pacot (Toronto, 2014; Berlin, 2015). His documentaries… Show more include Lumumba, Death of a Prophet (1990); Desounen (1994, BBC); Fatal Assistance (Berlinale, Hot Docs, 2013), supported by the Sundance Institute and BritdocFoundation (UK), and broadcast on major TV channels (Canal+, ARTE, etc.) He served as jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, is presently chairman of the National French film school La Femis, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives worldwide. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award. His feature film The Young Karl Marx, a European co-production, was shot in Germany and Belgium (produced by Velvet Film, in coproduction with Agat Films). Show less
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary 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, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a 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.