I Am Not Your Negro

A film by Raoul Peck. In eng­lish with ger­man subtitles.

In June 1979 renow­ned US wri­ter James Baldwin began work on his last, unfi­nis­hed text ‘Remember this House’. His per­so­nal memo­ries of his three mur­de­red civil rights friends Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King and his reflec­tions on his own pain­ful expe­ri­en­ces as a black American ser­ve to re-wri­te American history.
Raoul Peck has tur­ned the­se thir­ty hither­to unpu­blis­hed pages into a power­ful col­la­ge of archi­ve pho­to­graphs, excerp­ts from films and news­re­el foo­ta­ge: the boy­cotts and the resis­tance against racial segre­ga­ti­on in the 1950s and 1960s, the invi­si­bi­li­ty of black Americans in Hollywood’s legen­da­ry works, the Afro-American pro­tests against white poli­ce bru­ta­li­ty that con­ti­nue to take place even today, Baldwin’s com­plex rela­ti­ons­hip with the Black Power Movement and one FBI report’s para­no­id view of Baldwin’s homo­se­xua­li­ty. A tren­chant and dis­tur­bing essay about the rea­li­ty of the lives of African Americans – lives that are still lar­ge­ly igno­red by America’s main­stream. Samuel L Jackson’s voice lends Baldwin’s poe­tic, medi­ta­ti­ve lan­guage sui­ta­ble expression.

Frankreich / USA / Belgien / Schweiz 2016, 93 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Raoul Peck
Buch: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
Kamera: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Schnitt: Alexandra Strauss
Mit
James Baldwin
Samuel L. Jackson (Erzähler)
Malcolm X
Martin Luther King Jr.
Medgar Evers
Lorraine Hansberry

I Am Not Your Negro – Featurette