I Am Not Your Negro

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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 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 – exploring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. 96% Rotten Tomatoes 90% Want To See…

‘True history needs telling. It may be rough but we all need to open our eyes – especially for those who are afraid to see.’ – kiley

“I knew that Baldwin is also a very controversial personality and for me it was not about that, it was about his words and how impactful and important those words are today.” – Roaul Peck [Haitian Film Director]

I listened to an interview where Roaul Peck mentioned when the cameras came to Haiti after their natural disaster ‘they go over to the crazy woman crying who made no sense – rather then approach another who had a great deal of intelligent things to say’ [paraphrased from interview]

Sensation is more popular than Truth & we are all strongly in need of Truth. – kiley

I Am Not Your Negro – Film

In theatres February 3rd 2016.

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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976).

Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration not only of black people, but also of gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals’ quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement. [Wikipedia]

Watching the film trailer will awaken one toward depth. Hopefully it will inspire all to see the complete documentary. It sounds like it should be taught in schools and spread around for all to see. – kiley


I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Certificate: PG-13
Length: 1h 35m – 95 min
Genre: Documentary
Metascore: 97%

Director: Raoul Peck
Unfinished Novel [‘Remember This House’] by James Baldwin

Stars:
Samuel L. Jackson . . . The Voice
James Baldwin . . . Speaker
Dick Cavett . . . Interviewer