I Am Not Your Negro 2016

Directed by Raoul Peck Framing Reality

This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.

Jul 28

Embassy Theatre

Jul 31
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Penthouse Cinema

Aug 02

Embassy Theatre

Aug 03

Penthouse Cinema

Aug 06
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Light House Petone

Aug 12
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The Roxy Cinema

Aug 14

Paramount

France / USA In English
93 minutes Colour and B&W / DCP
E

Director

Producers

Rémi Grellety
,
Raoul Peck
,
Hébert Peck

Screenplay

Raoul Peck
,
James Baldwin

Photography

Henry Adebonojo
,
Bill Ross
,
Turner Ross

Editor

Alexandra Strauss

Music

Alexei Aigui

Narrator

Samuel L. Jackson

With

James Baldwin
,
Malcolm X
,
Martin Luther King Jr
,
Medgar Evers
,
Lorraine Hansberry

Festivals

Toronto, New York 2016; Berlin 2017

Awards

People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2016
,
Nominated, Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2017
,
Panorama Audience Award, Berlin Film Festival 2017

Elsewhere

“Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called ‘race relations’ – white supremacy and the resistance to it, in plainer English – this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind. Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, you would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history…

To call I Am Not Your Negro a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate [director Raoul] Peck’s achievement. It’s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmaker… and his subject. The voice-over narration (read by Samuel L. Jackson) is entirely drawn from Baldwin’s work. Much of it comes from notes and letters written in the mid-1970s, when Baldwin was somewhat reluctantly sketching out a book, never to be completed, about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr…

His published and unpublished words – some of the most powerful and penetrating ever assembled on the tortured subject of American identity – accompany images from old talk shows and news reports, from classic movies and from our own decidedly non-post-racial present…

I Am Not Your Negro is a thrilling introduction to his work, a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics – a concise, roughly 90-minute movie with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series or a literary doorstop.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times