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I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 17 February 2017 (USA)
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Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Written by Jwelch5742

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In "Remember This House" Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished -a radical narration about race in America, through the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. using only the writer's original words.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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$686,378 (USA) (3 February 2017)

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$7,120,626 (USA) (2 June 2017)
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The film was also deemed best documentary by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, took home the people's choice award from the Toronto International Film Festival and won a creative recognition award from the International Documentary Association, to name a few. See more »

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James Baldwin: What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I'm not a nigger, I'm a man, but if you think I'm a nigger, it means you need it.
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Features The Gong Show (1976) See more »

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The Jailhouse Blues
Lyrics and Music Written by Lightnin Hopkins (as Sam Hopkins)
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Performed by Sam Collins (1927)
Courtesy of Yazoo Records/Shanachie Entertainment, Inc.
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The Truth right in your face
7 February 2017 | by (New York City, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a brilliant, no-holds-barred depiction of the TRUTH as it happened and was experienced by one of the most brilliant talents the world has ever known. There is good reason that it has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Do expect to be disturbed because racism, sexism, and the effects of an evil regime are always disturbing -- such as current events continue to horrify "human beings" on a regular basis. However, for the person with evolved, emotional intelligence, being disturbed sparks powerful thoughts and action with higher consciousness.

It is to be expected that those who are comfortable avoiding racial and racist truths will be upset by this poignant documentary. They will do everything from claiming that this is hate-mongering to insisting that the film-making itself is substandard. It is true that the racist will always attempt to claim righteousness and "caring" by casting aspersions on the works of others to avoid facing his/her own truth. As Octavia Spencer's character said to Kirsten Dunst's in HIDDEN FIGURES: "I'm sure you believe that."

How you respond to this film is an opportunity to evolve what you don't know and what you already (believe you) do know. The choice is always yours to think, to grow, to communicate, to evolve -- or not.

This documentary is a wonderful opportunity to not only see the world and life through the eyes of a genius, but to see your views of your life and world right now.


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