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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)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Medgar Evers ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Weiss ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown ... Himself - Black Panther Party (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Leander Perez ... Himself - White Citizens Council (archive footage)
... Various Roles (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Various Roles (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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I Am Not Your Negro was one of 15 films included on the shortlist for the best feature documentary Oscar. See more »

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James Baldwin: It comes as a great shock, around the age of five or six or seven, to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, when you were rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians were you. It comes as a great shock to discover the country which is your birthplace and to which you owe your life and your identity has not in its whole system of reality evolved any place for you.
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The Blacker The Berry
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Written by Agent Sasco, Kendrick Lamar, Zale Epstein, Eskeerdo (as Alexander Izquierdo), Brent Kolatalo, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Keith Lewis, Boi-1da (as Matthew Samuels)
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An amazing use of cinematography and historical footage
4 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

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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