I Am Not Your Negro

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  93 min.
Release Date: February 24, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD: May 2, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 2.60
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In this documentary, director Raoul Peck takes a look at Remember This House, the book James Baldwin never finished. He crafts a radical narration about race in America, using Baldwin's original words. He draws upon the author’s notes about the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh perspective to the current racial fabric in America.

He analyzes the country's obsession with skin color and examines what it means to be Black in the U.S.A. by mixing rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements with recent recordings of young African-American men who’ve been killed, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Mike Brown.

Director: Raoul Peck
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
Screenplay: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck

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  • 1 star "I am so sick of race movies, just no."
  • 1 star "Garbage."
  • 5 stars "A must see alongside the Netflix film 13th. The film is loud though with exceptional sound track, busy and kaleidoscopic. This is intentional of course and shakes up viewers, forcing them to pay attention, giving them almost more than they can handle. It also results in distraction. The narration over sound is difficult to follow especially when there is a lot of action on screen. But James Baldwin's view makes clear the strands of thought in the African- American community during the civil rights era, the different perspectives on black-white relations and where he stood himself. Baldwin's put down of Robert Kennedy's prediction of the possibility of a black president in 40 years is epic. When we think of people as Other we have to ask ourselves why we need to identify people as Other (to paraphrase Baldwin)"
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