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
The word "negro" is used 78 times in the film. See more »
It is not a racial problem. It's a problem of whether or not you're willing to look at your life and be responsible for it, and then begin to change it. That great western house I come from is one house, and I am one of the children of that house. Simply, I am the most despised child of that house. And it is because the American people are unable to face the fact that I am flesh of their flesh, bone of their bone, created by them. My blood, my father's blood, is in that soil.
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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. See more »
history is not the past, it is the present
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'
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