REVIEW OF I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
I Am Not Your Negro is an American documentary movie Directed by Raoul Peck, released in 2016. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House and narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of race relations in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The movie premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award in the documentary category. It was picked up for theatrical distribution by Magnolia Pictures.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent explain his next project, Remember This House. The novel 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 the 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.
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