Directed by: Raoul Peck
Total Runtime: 105 min
Country of Origin: France / USA
- Oscar Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
- Panorama Audience Award, Best Documentary Film, Berlin International Film Festival
“Searing and utterly necessary. Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come.”
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 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 had completed only thirty pages.
In his incendiary new documentary, 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 rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.