Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on the work of James Baldwin, author of If Beale Street Could Talk!
“NYT Critic’s Pick! Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called “race relations,” this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
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 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. (Dir. by Raoul Peck, 2016, USA, 95 mins., Rated PG-13)
Thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club!
This free screening courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.