A film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today even though its subject died almost 30 years ago.

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

I Am Not Your Negro

Film • Feb 24–Mar 2

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Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Director: Raoul Peck

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.

The Sunday, February 26 screening will feature a talk back event with poetic society, The Watering Hole Poetry. The event will feature a poem by Tanisha Queenitshallbe Hall and a Q & A with Co-Founders/Co-Directors of Poetry: Monifa Lemons and Candace Wiley. 

The Watering Hole Poetry provides a safe space and resources for poets of color and poets who write about the South. Visit their page to learn more!

 

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2016. USA. 95 min. Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity.
PG-13