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I Am Not Your Negro

2016, Raoul Peck, France/USA, 93 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 2nd 8:30pm
  • Sat, Jun 3rd 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 4th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Jun 5th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 7th 8:15pm

"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)

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