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Raoul Peck, 2016 93 minutes Samuel L. Jackson (stem) France, USA English 11 May 2017 Dutch

Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity on what it means to be black in America.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new endeavour: the writing of his final book, REMEMBER THIS HOUSE, recounting the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death, and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck by the writer's estate.

Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men. By revealing the deep connections between past and present injustice, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO weaves an epic narrative about America's irrational relationship with skin colour - a relationship that would be absurd were it not so tragic. (source: www.tiff.net)

Time Magazine - 'A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.'

Wall Street Journal - 'It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin's spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.'

Variety - 'If you watch "I Am Not Your Negro," you'll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin's mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America.'


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