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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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... Narration (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Exodus (clip from The Monster Walks (1932)) (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown ... Himself - Black Panther Party (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth Clark ... Himself (clip from The Negro and the American Promise (1963)) (archive footage) (as Dr. Kenneth Clark)
... Frank Flannagan (archive footage)
... Bonnie (archive footage)
... John 'Joker' Jackson (archive footage)
... Various Roles (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
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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, 3 February 2017, Limited Release

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$7,120,626, 2 June 2017
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The film was 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 »

Quotes

James Baldwin: All of the Western nations have been caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism. This means that their history has no moral justification, and that the West has no moral authority. "Vile as I am," states one of the characters in Dostoevsky's The Idiot, "I don't believe in the wagons that bring bread to humanity. For the wagons that bring bread to humanity, may coldly exclude a considerable part of humanity from enjoying what is brought."
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Black, Brown and White
Written by Big Bill Broonzy (as Big Bill (Williams) Broonzy)
Performed by Big Bill Broonzy (1946)
From the recording "Trouble in Mind", SFW40131
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. (p) 2000.
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An amazing use of cinematography and historical footage
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Note that the reason this is 5/10 stars right now is that there is a large bloc of people who have given it 1 star (presumably the white supremacist crowd). There is no way that anyone who believes in the need to tell black history would give this anything less than an 8/10.

This cinematography was absolutely incredible, the use of historical footage to stitch together a narrative of the Civil Rights movement combined with recent footage makes this movie incredibly timely. James Baldwin proves a brilliant orator, and the story takes you through both his life and his relationships with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. This movie tells more black history than I learned in my entire public school education, and should be seen by everyone.


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