I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro
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 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 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
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Why Sam Jackson?
This is an essential documentary at the right time, introducing the great writer and cultural activist, who had fallen into semi-obscurity, to many new minds. The footage of James Baldwin's public speaking is riveting and as timely as can be. Hopefully it will send many fans of this highly-acclaimed documentary to his brilliantnovels, plays, and essays.
The big problem I had with the movie is the choice of Samuel Jackson as narrator, speaking Baldwin's words in a croaky, raspy voice that was as far from Baldwin's precise diction as can be imagined. Maybe that was the point, but it grated on me every time I heard it.
Maybe the most innovative and beautiful documentary I have ever seen
Baldwin did not just write about "race" - he wrote about morality and humanity. Similarly, this documentary is not just about Baldwin - it is about society and justice and so much more. No talking heads this time. Just the words of a gifted thinker/writer, images from every corner of this nation, and one of the most beautiful/powerful documentaries I have ever seen. This is documentary as art form. Must. See.
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of a time and timeless
James Baldwin is a black social justice writer who passed away in 1987. Director Raoul Peck takes one of his final unfinished projects and creates a documentary about his ideas about race in America. It uses his interviews and material from the epic late 60's. It is of a time, a view, and a personal experience. The most compelling is a section where Bobby Kennedy predicts a black president some 40 years in the future and Baldwin dismaying the dismissive nature of the prediction. It's cut with Obama and we're left with wondering about Baldwin's perception. In many ways, he is of a time of his existence. So much of it is out of date but in the time of Trump, so much of it is present today. I admit that I don't know much about Baldwin. He's a lesser known name today than icons like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a message in a bottle and it's fascinating to see how things have changed but somethings never change.