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1,944 Ratings

I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck
France, United States, 2016


With unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, Raoul Peck completed a documentary film version of the novel Baldwin never finished—a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

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I Am Not Your Negro Directed by Raoul Peck

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Panorama Audience Award - Documentary Film

2017 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Panorama

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Toronto International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: People's Choice Award (Documentary)

More than simply weaving together Baldwin’s thoughts in an incisive, poetic way, what makes Peck’s film truly remarkable is how it repeatedly connects the writer’s thoughts not just to the present but to all of American history and its visual culture.
March 31, 2017
A densely-layered work, weaving through multiple layers of history and personal experience, and the cinéaste makes ample use of fascinating archival footage showing Baldwin’s incendiary interventions in American television in the 1960s and 1970s. For me, however, the most stimulating aspect of the film centered on Baldwin’s recollections of being a young black boy voraciously watching classical Hollywood cinema in the 1930s…
March 17, 2017
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Nothing breaks the spell cast by James Baldwin in Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro. One of the things that makes Peck’s documentary so intense as a portrait of Baldwin, the engaged black writer, is that there are no talking heads, no one else making judgments or telling anecdotes about him or what he did. This is his public self, yet somehow deeply personal.
March 07, 2017
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