I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

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.

Running Time
93 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Globe & Mail/Durga Chew-Bose
It's an astonishing, often challenging and sharp examination of race in the United States, confronting how the country's history repeats and how Baldwin insisted we must remember, relentlessly question, remain conscientious and resist.

Sunday Times/Edwin Porter
Assembling interview footage of James Baldwin and readings from his works, the documentary I Am Not Your Negro is a potent study of the writer, the 1960s civil-rights movement and the continuing struggles of African-Americans.

Toronto Star/Bruce DeMara
The result - hard-hitting and insightful - is a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Boston Herald/James Verniere
The fire is back. Spellbinding and ridiculously relevant.

Time Magazine/Stephanie Zackarek
A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.

Wall Street Journal/Joe Morgenstern
It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin's spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.


Academy Awards Nomination: Best Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival Winners: Ecumenical Jury Award, Panoramic Award

Chicago International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Hamptons International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Istanbul International Film Festival Winner: FACE Award

Philadelphia International Film Festival Winners: Audience Award, Jury Award

Portland International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Toronto International Film Festival Winner: Best Documentary Film

Tessalonika Documentary Film Festival Winner: International Amnesty Award

Nominated or won 52 International Awards

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