I Am Not Your Negro


Wed Mar 8, 2017 – Thu Mar 9, 2017


SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Winner of several awards including the Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Documentary and the Black Film Critics Circle Award this radical and up-to-the-minute examination of race in America utilizes Baldwin's original words supported by a 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.


“I Am Not Your Negro”: All Too Real Today

As the film opens, the voice of Samuel L. Jackson is rich and deep—almost booming. His capacity for intensity made him an arguably perfect choice to narrate this documentary. Typewriter clicks accompanied words on the screen, words from a letter written by James Baldwin to his literary agent. In the correspondence, he described the book he was writing, which would be titled “Remember This House”. After his death in 1987, Baldwin’s book remained unfinished. Director of “I Am Not Your Negro”, Raoul Peck, reimagined Baldwin’s work, integrating the manuscript with photographs and videos...

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