James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro” Hit Theaters in Time for Black History

Baldwin was a Liberal Social Activist Before His Time and Sheds Light on an America Finally Ready for His Point of View

James Baldwin’s, “I Am Not Your Nego” hits theaters February 3rd.

 

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 his 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.

 

Created by filmmaker Raoul Peck, “I Am Not Your Negro” completes author and social activist James Baldwin’s unfinished novel using archival footage.

 

The 93-minute documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. It is rated PG-13.

 

Baldwin was 63 when he died.

 

Watch the trailer below and visit the website to see where the movie is playing at a theater near you.

 

 

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