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I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

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Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director:

Raoul Peck

Writers:

James Baldwin (writings), Raoul Peck (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Narration (voice)
James Baldwin ... Self (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Self (archive footage)
Malcolm X ... Self (archive footage)
Medgar Evers Medgar Evers ... Self (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Self (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Self (archive footage)
Paul Weiss Paul Weiss ... Self (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Self (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown ... Self - Black Panther Party (archive footage)
Bob Dylan ... Self (archive footage)
Leander Perez Leander Perez ... Self - White Citizens Council (archive footage)
Sidney Poitier ... Various Roles (archive footage)
Ray Charles ... Self (archive footage)
Doris Day ... Various Roles (archive footage)
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Storyline

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. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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This was one of 15 films included on the shortlist for the best feature documentary Oscar. See more »

Quotes

James Baldwin: I can't be a pessimist, because I'm alive. To be a pessimist means you have agreed that human life is an academic matter, so I'm forced to be an optimist. I am forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.
James Baldwin: But the Negro in this country... the future of the Negro in this country... is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country. It is entirely up to the American people and not representatives. It is entirely up to the American people whether or not they are going...
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Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
Published by EMI Mills Music Inc.
Courtesy of Sony ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Lena Horne and Recorded March 30, 1956.
(p) 2002, all rights reserved by BMG Music
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history is not the past, it is the present
31 May 2020 | by sienchristiaanseSee all my reviews

There is so much to say about this film, too much that i cannot seem to wrap my head around it.

the images, the lines, the archival material, everything makes sense, how painful that may be. it has been an honour to see Baldwin talk, to notice his beautiful phrases and his loving and strong personality.

His words make this documentary another experience, it allows for admitting of mistakes and failures. it stops denial, he hands us the realisation that this issue does not go beyond us, it defines us.

'we carry our past everywhere we go' 'not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced'

#blacklivesmatter


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Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,378, 5 February 2017

Gross USA:

$7,123,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,345,298
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1.78 : 1
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