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.
A panel discussion follows the screening, and audience participation is encouraged.
Our guest panel:
• Racial justice activist and zero waste ambassador, Olivia Lapierre
• Professor Derrick E. White, Visiting Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and History at Dartmouth College
• Reverend John Gregory-Davis, co-paster, Congregational (UCC) Church in Meriden, New Hampshire
“A LIFE-ALTERING WORK.” – A.O. SCOTT, NY TIMES
“ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE THIS YEAR.”
– MANOHLA DARGIS, NY TIMES
“A MESMERIZING CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE. AS MUCH AS ANY FILM OUT THERE TODAY, ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’ HELPS US FACE OUR RACIAL DIVIDE AND POSSIBLY BEGIN TO CHANGE IT AS WELL.”
– KENNETH TURAN, LA TIMES
“POWERFUL. DIRECTOR PECK DOES A MAGNIFICENT JOB OF HONORING BALDWIN’S CONCEPT. SAMUEL L. JACKSON’S NARRATION IS HIS FINEST PERFORMANCE, BAR NONE.”
– JOSHUA ROTHKOPF, TIME OUT NY
“NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS. IT IS BEYOND RELEVANT. A BONE-CHILLING WAKE UP CALL TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO CALLS AMERICA HOME. IT MIGHT BE ONE OF BALDWIN’S BEST WORKS.”
– LAPACAZO SANDOVAL, AMSTERDAM NEWS