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 successive 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 thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Directed by Raoul Peck
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett
France | 2016 | PG-13 | 93 min
Winner Best Documentary – Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Winner Best Writing - IDA Creative Recognition Award
Four Festival Audience Awards – Toronto, Hamptons, Philadelphia, Chicago
Two IDA Documentary Awards Nominations – Including Best Feature
Five Cinema Eye Honors Award Nominations – Including Outstanding
Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and Direction
Best Documentary Nomination – Film Independent Spirit Awards
Best Documentary Nomination – Gotham Awards
Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come. - Associated Press
It's an astonishing, often challenging and sharp examination of race in the United States, confronting how the country's history repeats and how Baldwin insisted we must remember, relentlessly question, remain conscientious and resist. - Globe and Mail
The result - hard-hitting and insightful - is a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same. - Toronto Star