I Am Not Your Negro


Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

Featuring special guest speaker Tani Sanchez, professor of Africana Studies in the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities.

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.

“A life-altering documentary … 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

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary, Academy Award-nominated 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)

Tani Sanchez is a professor of Africana Studies in the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities. She is primarily interested in racial representations in the media and in the study of African American history and culture. She worked for a number of years as an editor, broadcast journalist and as a media information specialist. She is also the first president of the Tucson Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (founded by Gloria Smith) and has served as a State President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She has a doctorate in Comparative Cultural and Literary studies; her masters degree focused on visual culture/art history while her undergraduate studies included Radio and Television. She has lectured in Tucson and other cities on Black history, racial representations in film, and on African American family history and genealogy.