This documentary about the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin speaks to the present moment with enormous clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing lessons from within history’s shadows in its discussion of what was once called “race relations.” Much of the narration is drawn from notes and letters reflecting on the lives and deaths of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. that Baldwin wrote in the mid-1970s, resulting in an advanced seminar in racial politics. 2017, USA, 93 minutes, rated PG-13
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“A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“What makes I Am Not Your Negro a mesmerizing cinematic experience, smart, thoughtful and disturbing, goes well beyond words.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“This movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times
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