I Am Not Your Negro

Director: Raoul Peck
2016, SUA, 93 min
Festivals: Toronto 2016, Full Frame 2016, Berlin 2017 – Panorama

James Baldwin is himself a celebrity: one of the most interesting and best-known literary figures of the Civil Rights era and its aftermath, Baldwin was friends with the likes of Nina Simone, Allen Ginsberg, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Jean Genet, or Jean-Paul Sartre. Director Raoul Peck re-imagines Baldwin’s last, unfinished, book in his own words, but also through archival images contrasted with the cruel racial tensions of the 2000s, starting from three emblematic assassinations in the 1960s: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Lurther King, Jr, whose representation is juxtaposed with the Hollywood illusion of masculine heroism: white, cool, oblivious to guilt and privilege. This essay-film is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Saturday, October 7th, 19:30, Cinema Arta