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Assembling interview footage of James Baldwin and readings from his works, the documentary I Am Not Your Negro is a potent study of the writer, the 1960s civil-rights movement and the continuing struggles of African-Americans.
Raoul Peck has crafted a formidable documentary loosely structured around Baldwin's notes alongside archival footage stretching from the Civil Rights movement to the Ferguson riots and Black Lives Matter.
With every word taken from Baldwin's own prolific literary output and public appearances, the film couldn't be more timely in presenting a despairing analysis of how racial injustice bedevils American society.
Baldwin was writing more than 30 years ago. Not so much has changed since then. Even so, I Am Not Your Negro isn't as pessimistic as its downbeat tone suggests it should be. Baldwin's commentary is intended to provoke, not to induce despair.