In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, 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. 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. -This is the official description on RottenTomatoes.com Image source: SunVariete.com
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Interviews and cast include:
- Raoul Peck -Director
- James Baldwin, Writer*
- Samuel L. Jackson -Narrator
- Martin Luther King Jr., Minister & Civil Rights Activist & Leader*
- Malcom X, Civil Rights Activist & Leader*
- Medgar Ever, Civil Rights & Voting Rights Activist*
- Harry Belafonte*
- Bob Dylan, Singer & Songwriter*
- Robert F. Kennedy, Politician*
- Dick Cavett*
- H. Rap Brown*
Movie reviews of I Am Not Your Negro documentary
“An incisive, biting cultural analysis, a psychological examination of a nation – including its culture and institutions – in denial of its own social constructs of race and racism, created to divide us.” – Tribune News Service, Katie Walsh
“A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.” – TIME Magazine, Stephanie Zacharek
“It is an urgent, gut-wrenching film that doesn’t sugarcoat the truth. America’s race problem is all of our problem, it argues, and will not change until all of us step up and take responsibility for our role in it.” – Detroit News, Adam Graham
Review by Rachel Avalon
James Baldwin’s brilliance as a highly revered truth-teller and poetic writer are powerfully demonstrated in Raoul Peck’s hauntingly poignant film, I Am Not Your Negro. Going straight to the core of historical and present-day racism experienced by Black communities in America, it is a disturbing and yet hopeful call to action for racial justice. I Am Not Your Negro is the type of documentary that stays with you and needs to be shared far and wide until systemic racism within voting rights, housing, health, environmental issues, education, economics, and the criminal justice system is long gone.
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