I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

By Livia Peterson

The racial tension still exists today – devastating, indeed. Raoul Peck’s timely documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” examines James Baldwin’s unfinished novel “Remember This House” via the various film excerpts, interviews, and archival footage. Samuel L. Jackson’s narration respects Baldwin’s powerful words.  
 
“I Am Not Your Negro” frequently feels like the audio book with images and thus, Baldwin’s formidable statements are rather restrained to a certain extent. Peck is able to tap into the zeitgeist yet never completely arrives to the finish line – connects to the current racial tensions, but remains focused on the past racial frictions.
 
Nonetheless, Baldwin’s observations are essential, regardless the era you were born in – resonated back in the 1960s and still strike the chord during the Trump Administration. B

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