“Mindful Movie Night”
Friday, February 21, 2020
I Am Not Your Negro (95 mins)
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in this incendiary new documentary (nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards), filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter – a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. I Am Not Your Negro offers a bold, eloquent snapshot of James Baldwin’s crucial observations on American race relations – and a sobering reminder of how far we’ve yet to go.
Join Christopher Palbicki and Shona Burke for a discussion of the film after the showing.