I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is written by James Baldwin. A tremendous writer and social critic, Baldwin confronted racial hatred in the USA with a voice, once read and heard, should never be forgotten.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO combines the words of Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, with footage of his life, interviews, lectures, and images of the civil rights movement. The author questions not only the realities of slavery and segregation, but also the mentality a society must breed and possess in order to inflict such prejudice and hatred. What is the result of this prejudice and hatred on its exponents he asks, nothing less than monstrous.
Due to his work, Baldwin became close friends with Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., all of whom in their distinctive ways were exponents of freedom, liberty and justice, and all of whom were murdered for their stance. The story is in some way the story of these men, but as the movie trailer states, it’s also the story of America.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a fantastic piece of cinema, narrated by words of undeniable truth about race, our race, the human race.
Written by James Baldwin, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Raoul Peck, 2016.
Running time: 93 minutes
Date: Sunday 8th July 2018. Start time: 22:00. Entry: €2.50. Cine Doré, Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid. Metro: Antón Martín (L1)
If you are interested in knowing more about James Baldwin and his writing, check out our English Literature 1 course. We read, analyse and discuss a brilliant James Baldwin essay during the 10-week course.