I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Director: Raoul Peck Run Time: 93 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2017
Starring: James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Samuel L. Jackson
Country: France, United States, Belgium, Switzerland
Language: English, French
About the film:
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, “Remember This House”. The result is a radical examination of race in America, narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. After winning the Audience Award at both the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, the film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) 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 Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
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About the filmmaker:
Raoul Peck is a Haitian director, screenwriter and producer who uses historical, political, and personal characters to tackle and recount societal issues and historical events. His complex body of work includes The Man on the Shore (1993), Lumumba (2000), HBO’s Sometimes in April (2005), and the Academy Award-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016).
Born in Haiti, raised in the Congo, U.S., France and Germany, Peck earned an economic-engineering master’s degree at the University of Berlin and then studied film at the Academy of Cinema and Television in Berlin (DFFB). In 1995, he created the Foundation Forum Eldorado, which focuses on cultural development in Haiti. He served as Haiti’s Minister of Culture from 1996 to 1997, after two years as a professor for screenwriting and directing at NYU Tish school of the Arts graduate program. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of La Fémis in Paris, the prestigious French national film school. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award. Peck established Velvet Film in 1989, which is now operating in the U.S., France and Haiti, and through which he has produced or co-produced all of his films.See our upcoming films