During his transition from female to male, Bennett is taken under the wing of his musical hero, transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America.
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
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.