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Film: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Friday 7th February @ 19:30 - 21:30
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next book: Remember This House. It would 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. But James Baldwin died in 1987, having completed only thirty pages of his manuscript.
In this powerful documentary feature, Director Raoul Peck envisions James Baldwin’s unfinished book. The result is a radical examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s own words and astonishing archival material. The film connects the Civil Rights movement to the present day struggle of #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. By exploring the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, the film challenges the very idea of what America represents.
“I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive. I’m forced to be an optimist.” – James Baldwin
USA | 2016 | 92 minutes
***** The Guardian ***** Time Out ***** The New Internationalist
‘One of the best films you’re likely to see this year. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO will make you rethink race.’ New York Times
‘A mesmerising, can’t tear your eyes away masterpiece.’ Huffington Post
‘Unmissable and unforgettable.’ Rolling Stone
‘Peck’s references to current events reveal Baldwin’s view of history and his prophetic visions to be painfully accurate.’ New Yorker