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.

Reasons to Buy

  1. James Baldwin embraced his homosexuality and brought up the topic of sexual orientation in his writings during the mid 20th century, specifically in the highly influential novel "Giovanni's Room." Though this film isn't exactly a biography, Baldwin is a massively important figure in LGBT history.
  2. I Am Not Your Negro is not only one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the past year, it's one of the most acclaimed films period. Manohla Dargis, in The New York Times, called it "One of the best movies you are likely to see this year."
  3. This doc is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter. 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.

DVD Features

Interview with Director Raoul Peck
Q&A Session with Samuel L. Jackson
Q&A Session with Director Raoul Peck


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Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"I Am Not Your Negro"
Remembering James Baldwin
Amos Lassen
Haitian filmmaker Raul Peck's powerful new documentary is a memoir/semi-biography of James Baldwin, the great African/American man of letters. The screenplay is made up of pr... Read More

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