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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.


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Peck's references to current events reveal Baldwin's view of history and his prophetic visions to be painfully accurate.

January 2, 2017 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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A film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today even though its subject died almost 30 years ago.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Bringing a sense of gravitas to Baldwin's words is Samuel L. Jackson, whose decidedly nonfurious narration is his finest performance to date, bar none.

December 8, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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By weaving in old speeches, pieces from other books, and even some visual juxtapositions that maybe only he fully understands, the director makes a persuasive, intuitive case for Baldwin as a poet and a prophet.

December 7, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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I Am Not Your Negro travels a straight, well-researched path from the darkest tragedies of American history to the ones that plague the country today.

December 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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If you watch "I Am Not Your Negro," you'll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin's mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America.

October 4, 2016 | Full Review…
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