I Am Not Your Negro Trailer

ianyn-final-posterIn a year where race is so heavily featured in film, I am Not Your Negro is a heavyweight award winning contender for Oscar and lines up alongside Ava DuVernay’s The 13th and Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made In America as a searing indictment on the treatment of African Americans in the United States. Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro uses the incomplete manuscript of James Baldwin’s unpublished novel Remember This House to shine a light on race relations in the United States.

Synopsis: 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 successive 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 left behind only thirty completed pages of this manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master 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 flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.