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I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

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Critic Consensus: I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations -- and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.

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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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It's an astonishing, often challenging and sharp examination of race in the United States, confronting how the country's history repeats and how Baldwin insisted we must remember, relentlessly question, remain conscientious and resist.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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The result - hard-hitting and insightful - is a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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"I Am Not Your Negro" is important. And urgent. And almost certainly unlikely to be seen by the people who would benefit from it most.

February 16, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come.

February 9, 2017 | Full Review…
Associated Press
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An enormously resonant work of cultural history that should do much to renew attention to the lonely, prophetic voice of James Baldwin.

February 7, 2017 | Full Review…
Salon.com
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This is Baldwin at his most polemical, but beneath his rage you can discern a groping for unity.

February 4, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Powerful and insightful. As does the fictional Howard Beale of Network, the very real James Baldwin is as relevant today as they were 40-50 years ago if not more so. Part biopic part race doc this movie should be shown in every school in America. Where are the James Baldwins of 2017? (2-20-17)

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