I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO


Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s brilliant documentary on racism in
America is an essential work for our era, drawing a clear line from the
Civil Rights struggle to today’s Black Lives Matter movement via the
thought of James Baldwin, one of the most lucid, fearless Ameri-
can thinkers on race (and many other matters). Based on Baldwin’s
unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which considered
the history of racism through memories of Baldwin’s friends the civil
rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers,
I Am Not Your Negro analyzes white denial and black experience of
racial oppression in a historical and contemporary context, bringing
Baldwin’s observations into the present through powerful juxtaposi-
tions of his words (read in voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson) and, for
instance, images of the Ferguson protests. Peck also generously culls
from archival sources, notably the extensive talk show appearance in
which Baldwin, an eloquent and spirited orator, publicly expresses that
the “negro” is a white construct, and anything but a definition of who
he is. By providing an impassioned, accessible introduction to James
Baldwin’s work and thought, Peck has given us a crucial reference to
address ongoing injustice in the United States.

DIRECTOR
Raoul Peck

SCREENPLAY
James Baldwin

DETAILS
Documentary
English
93 min.
France, 2017
DVD, Blu-ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber EDU

PRICE RANGE
$400