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I Am Not Your Negro 12 rating

Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

Documentary 2016 94 mins

Director: Raoul Peck


Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary is a fascinating testament to America’s great social chronicler, James Baldwin, and a vital history of the struggle for Civil Rights. In 1979 James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new (and what would be his last) book Remember This House, which recounted the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck.

Using Baldwin’s enduring words along with narration by Samuel L. Jackson, Peck’s enlightening and moving film challenges us to reconsider the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement in light of race politics in the US today.