I Am Not Your Negro

Opens Friday, February 3
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1hr 33mins // directed by:Raoul Peck // featuring:Samuel L. Jackson // DCP // CC, HI

In 1979, James Baldwin to his literary agent described 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. 

Click here to view our panel discussion on the legacy of James Baldwin, recorded on Sunday, February 5, 2017. 

“Life-altering. [Baldwin’s] published and unpublished words - some of the most powerful and penetrating ever assembled on the tortured subject of American identity - accompany images from old talk shows and news reports, from classic movies and from our own decidedly non-post-racial present… (The film) is a thrilling introduction to his work, a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics… with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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"What Raoul Peck’s galvanizing, recently Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro achieves is to bring Baldwin’s voice back to the forefront, and not just the voice of the prose but the voice of the man: calm, lucid, sorrowful, furious. Whether the film serves as an introduction or a reacquaintance, it prompts one to consider how deeply missed that voice is today and how profoundly it speaks to the current moment — indeed, how there may be no moment in American history to which James Baldwin’s voice does not speak." – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

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"To read or hear Baldwin today is to understand America with all its promise and despair in a way that many of its citizens would still rather ignore than abide. Now nearly 30 years gone, Baldwin is still the North Star that guides those willing to listen and learn." – Renée Graham, The Boston Globe

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"An award winner at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, I Am Not Your Negro should be seen by all Americans, especially those who weren’t there to see these events and figures for themselves. These days, I Am Not Your Negro and Baldwin’s works speak more urgently than ever." – James Verniere, Boston Herald

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