In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, 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 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Working from this text, 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.
“Thrilling… Brilliantly edited, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO moves across time and space, seamlessly—insistently—sliding from the historical civil rights movement to more recent events, including Ferguson.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times “Readers of Baldwin’s work already know that it’s as timely and relevant today as it was when he wrote it decades ago. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO powerfully highlights this point for today.” —Odie Henderson, Village Voice
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