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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.

Director:

Raoul Peck

Writers:

James Baldwin (writings), Raoul Peck (scenario)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Samuel L. Jackson ... Narration (voice)
James Baldwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage)
Medgar Evers Medgar Evers ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Weiss Paul Weiss ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown H. Rap Brown ... Himself - Black Panther Party (archive footage)
Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
Leander Perez Leander Perez ... Himself - White Citizens Council (archive footage)
Sidney Poitier ... Various Roles (archive footage)
Ray Charles ... Himself (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 »

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Switzerland | France | Belgium | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$686,378, 3 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,120,626, 2 June 2017
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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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James Baldwin: In this country, for a dangerously long time, there have been two levels of experience. One, to put it cruelly, can be summed up in the images of Gary Cooper and Doris Day, two of the most grotesque appeals to innocence the world has ever seen. And the other, subterranean, indispensable, and denied, can be summed up, let us say, in the tone and in the face of Ray Charles. There has never been any genuine confrontation between these two levels of experience.
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People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul
Performed by James Brown
Written by James Brown, St. Clair Pickney, Fred Wesley
Published by Donna Dijon Music Publications/Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
All rights reserved by MGM Records
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Captivating
24 May 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This documentary tells the story of the horrible history of the United States of America just decades ago, when the law and the public openly allowed horrifying discrimination based on race. Three individuals who spoke out against this terrible and sustained crime against equality were murdered. This documentary focuses on these three brave souls who met their untimely death.

It is almost out of this world to see how discrimination and abuse happened as if it was normal. The archival footage are plentiful and very well selected in this documentary. What people said in front of camera in support of discrimination was horrific. I could not believe there was even someone singing about the murder of the African American activist.

This documentary captivates my attention and evokes my emotions.


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