The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
I Am Not Your Negro
2016, Raoul Peck, France/USA, 93 min.
"The most important movie of the year so far...enthralling and provocative without turning into didacticism." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Life-altering...you would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
In 1979, the eminent African American author and public intellectual James Baldwin wrote a 30-page proposal for a book on three slain civil rights leaders — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. — who had been his friends. The book remained unfinished at Baldwin’s death in 1987, but his surviving notes form the core of this provocative, compelling documentary. Those notes are interwoven with excerpts from other Baldwin writings (all powerfully voiced by Samuel L. Jackson), public speeches, talk-show appearances, news footage, and movie excerpts (from KING KONG to ELEPHANT) to fashion a wide-ranging but lucidly focused consideration of racism in America that is as startlingly and soberingly relevant today as it was in Baldwin’s time. DCP digital. (MR)
The Passion of Remembrance
1986, Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, United Kingdom, 80 min
- Thu, Mar 9th 6:00pm
The Sankofa Film and Video Collective was part of a wave of politically-minded Black independent filmmakers who emerged in London in the 1980s, during an era of increasing social conservatism and racial unrest. The group’s acclaimed first feature, codirected by members Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, is a prismatic look at gender, race, sexuality, and generational conflict. Interwoven with footage of England’s inner-city riots of the early 1980s, the film is comprised of two main storylines: one features a dialogue between an allegorical Black Man and Black Woman, and the other follows the everyday experiences of the Baptiste family from the 1950s through the 1980s. A rich and complex work whose reflections reverberate today. 16mm. (Amy Beste)