added: Thu, Jan 5th '17
Outspoken Civil Rights activist and essayist James Baldwin, who spent most of his career writing and speaking out against social injustice and systemic racism in America during the turbulent late 1950s and early 60s, is getting another chance to have his voice heard, 29 years after his death.
In the upcoming documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," director Raoul Peck (Sometimes in April) compiles archival footage of Baldwin's interviews and speeches in a focused effort to envision an unfinished book project that Baldwin never got to complete.
Based on Baldwin's work notes and letters that were sent to his literary agent, the film examines the lives and assassination deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as told through Baldwin's own words, which is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
After being well-received by critics at last year's Toronto International Film Festival -- and with 'The Times' film critic Manohla Dargis calling it "one of the best movies (of the year)", the documentary is now getting a theatrical release on February 3rd. Watch the trailer, above.
In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
directed by Raoul Peck
release date February 3, 2017