I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck
Cast: James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Dick Cavett
Country of Origin: France-USA 2016 95 mins. (12A)
Released by Altitude
Novelist, essayist and playwright, James Baldwin who understood the conflicting dimensions of racial conflict may have died 30 years ago but his prophetic voice resonates today.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' offers an insight into race in America anchored in James Baldwin's uncompleted book about the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evans, Malcom X and Martin Luther King and it's riveting viewing.
With a voice over by Samuel L. Jackson, Raoul Peck's powerful documentary Interweaves archival news footage, old TV talk shows including the milestone Dick Cavett interview and Hollywood's take on the negro against the backdrop of anti-black sentiment that permeated America's social, cultural and political life. The story of the negro in America, a narration about racial conflict, seen in the film in the 60s and 70s suggests that we need to think again and look at the connection between the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary activism as recent news coverage questions whether things have changed. Why has America failed to comprehend? Powerful stuff.
'I'm not a nigger, I am a man' - James Baldwin