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I Am Not Your Negro

  • Directed by Raoul Peck
  • United States/France/Belgium/Switzerland, 2016, 93 mins., English

Based on the text of Remember This House, James Baldwin’s final, unfinished novel, Peck’s urgent essay film is a reflection on what it means to be Black in America. Focused around the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., I Am Not Your Negro uses archival footage of the civil rights and Black Power movements to explore the racial violence that continues to permeate American culture. Tying past and present together, the film narrates the absurd—and deeply tragic—relationship between the United States and skin color.

Opening Night Film

Reviews: Film Comment, The New Yorker,

Interview: Interview with Raoul Peck at AFI

Filmography: Murder in Pacot (2014), Sometimes in April (2005), Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle (2001), The Man on the Shore (1993), Lumumba (1990)

Other Films by Raoul Peck

Fatal Assistance

Award-winning, Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, FATAL ASSISTANCE offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the