I Am Not Your Negro

  • Wed Feb 8
I Am Not Your Negro

with post-screening panel discussion with CU professors: Kevin Gaines (ASRC), Russell Rickford (History), Samantha Sheppard (PMA) & Dagmawi Woubshet (English)

Raoul Peck
Samuel L. Jackson (narrator)

One of James Baldwin’s final projects was to be Remember This House, an examination of race in America told through Baldwin’s memories of three assassinated friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Raoul Peck uses Baldwin’s original words from the unfinished manuscript (in Samuel L. Jackson’s skillful narration) to create “a spiritual documentary…[that is] a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin’s mind.” (Variety) “By assembling the scattered images and historical clips suggested by Baldwin’s writing, I Am Not Your Negro is a cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made… This might be the only movie about race relations I’ve ever seen that adequately explains—with sympathy—the root causes of a complacent white American mindset. And it took a black writer and director to do it.” (The Guardian)

website: magpictures.com/iamnotyournegro

Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 35 minutes
release year/country
2017 USA/France/Belgium