I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Directed by: Raoul Peck | Documentary Feature | 93 min | EnglishAbout the Film
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent detailing a new book he was preparing to write, discussing the influential lives and subsequent assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. Baldwin wrote only 30 pages before he died, but the unfinished material bears the collective trauma and the personal one (he was a close friend of the three). Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is crafted entirely around Baldwin’s manuscript. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film skillfully weaves in archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements as well as archival footage of Baldwin himself. Anchored by three towering figures of African-American history, more than 30 years after the writing of the manuscript, the racial struggle feels acutely relevant today.