Im not your negro summary
I Am Not Your Negro by James BaldwinTo compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro Summary & Study Guide
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Raoul Peck, the director of the film version of I Am Not Your Negro, introduces the companion book with the story of the film's genesis. A lifelong admirer of Baldwin and his work, Peck hoped to create a film which would pay homage to Baldwin, while also presenting him in a light he had not been seen before. With the help of Baldwin's younger sister, Gloria, who manages his estate and has kept his personal and literary papers well-preserved, Peck gained access to all manner of essays and letters by Baldwin. Crucially, Gloria also provided Peck with a copy of Remember This House, a manuscript which Baldwin had been working on before his death. This manuscript, which dissects the underlying truths about racism in America, provides the framework for I Am Not Your Negro. Peck supplements Baldwin's claims with film and media clips, particularly during in discussing media representation and in tying the conflicts of the past with those of today.
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Narrated by actor Samuel L. This minute feature documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and is inspired by James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House , a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mids. The website's critical consensus reads, " I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations—and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go. Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, "the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography.
I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film — bold, galvanising, even gripping — but I'm not sure what to call it. It's not a biography of James Baldwin, the black American writer whose words make up the script and are spoken with whispering fire by Samuel L. Jackson; it's not quite a documentary, because that would not describe the free-ranging and impressionistic way in which Haitian-born director Raoul Peck Lumumba puts it together. It's an essay film then: a meditation on America, focusing on the last 60 years, for half of which Baldwin was the pre-eminent literary voice for, perhaps even the conscience of, a rising African-American consciousness. Credit: AP. Even that is limiting. Baldwin was not the undisputed conscience of the black community, even if he was central to the development of a philosophical and poetic form of opposition in the late s and s.