With help from Samuel L Jackson, director Raoul Peck delivers a stirring, Oscar-nominated portrait of the writer, civil rights activist and queer icon James Baldwin and his lifelong fight against racial and sexual injustice.
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 a must-see movie." - THE AUSTRALIAN
"an important film, not just as a document of America's chequered racial history but also as a warning to the world about the fragility of cultural difference." - NZ HERALD
"Poetic, inspiring, haunting, and absolutely necessary." - FLICKS.CO.NZ
"singularly original work, part portrait of Baldwin, part history of the racial struggle, part essay, part manifesto." - ABC RADIO
"an utterly brilliant film - bold, galvanising, even gripping." - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"an astonishingly powerful and profoundly affecting documentary...The narration of his prose by Samuel L Jackson is also beautifully done." - FILMINK AUSTRALIA
"[A] forcefully eloquent movie." - FINANCIAL TIMES
"Spellbinding and ridiculously relevant." - BOSTON HERALD
"You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force" - NY TIMES
Director: Raoul Peck
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