I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s incisive moral critique of US race relations, based on James Baldwin’s last work —

NR, 95 minutes

Part of Affirmation & Resistance: Black World Film Series

Director: Raoul Peck | 2016 | US | 95 min

Our Tuesday 2/28 screening will be followed by a post-show conversation with Helen Neville, Aaron Ammons, Sunny Ture, Maryam Ar-Raheem, and moderated by Sundiata Cha-Jua.

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has taken the 30 completed pages of James Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, in which the author went about the painful task of remembering his three fallen friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, and crafted an elegantly precise and bracing film essay. Peck’s film, about the unholy agglomeration of myths, institutionalized practices both legal and illegal, and displaced white terror that have long perpetuated the tragic state of race in America, is anchored by the presence of Baldwin himself in images and words, read beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson in hushed, burning tones.

Nominee, Best Documentary, 2017 Academy Awards

“It is a striking work of storytelling. By assembling the scattered images and historical clips suggested by Baldwin’s writing, I Am Not Your Negro is a cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made.” —The Guardian

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