I Am Not Your Negro

29/11/2018 19:45.
Cert 15

Samuel Jackson voices novelist James Baldwin’s words in this documentary based on the writer’s ‘Remember This House’, unfinished when he died in 1987. The film chronicles Baldwin’s accounts of his friends in the Civil Rights movement, including Dr Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers. With 1960s archive footage through to the current Black Lives Matter movement, a picture of a still racially divided America emerges. With appearances by Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando and George W Bush, as well as Baldwin who once said ‘the story of the Negro in America is the story of America’. “[Baldwin] is an artist, a bit of a dandy who left Harlem to live in Paris. He comes at social and political issues from a poet’s perspective. Peck has done him an enormous service by turning his 30,000-word unfinished manuscript into a feature documentary.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)

Dir: Raoul Peck   93mins  Swi/Fr/US/Be 2016