I Am Not Your Negro
Black History Month / Edmonton Premiere
USA/ France 2016, 95 min, Dir: Raoul Peck
Screenings:
  • Friday February 24, 2017 at 9:30PM

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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 this 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 challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

FILM ARTICLE: “Baldwin’s words are not diminished by time, but sadly, sharpened by it.” – Vue Weekly

FILM ARTICLE: “You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force” – New York Times

FILM ARTICLE: ”I Am Not Your Negro is a cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made.” – The Guardian

FILM ARTICLE:I Am Not Your Negro shows how far we only think we've come.” – Time Magazine

FILM ARTICLE: “I Am Not Your Negro sure makes it feel like one of the world’s most compelling minds is still here with us, still angry and still giving the so-called race problem back to its source: white America.” – Paste Magazine


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