“One of the best films you are likely to see this year.” The New York Times, (2016)
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of his close friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to bring an eloquent, personal perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
The pre-eminent African-American author of his generation, Baldwin became famous both for his novels (Go Tell It On the Mountain and Another County among them) and for his essays that tackled black-white and homosexual relationships during the Civil Rights era.
Baldwin’s remarkable language reminds us of the power of both his thinking and his prose. His words seem particularly apt today:
- “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
- “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her.”
- “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”
- “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced.”
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO will screen FREE twice:
IN PIEDMONT Wednesday, November 28
@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont (near Oakland Avenue)
6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception
7 – 8:30 PM Screening
IN OAKLAND Saturday, December 1
@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland (between Broadway & Telegraph)
3 – 4:30 PM Screening