I Am Not Your Negro
Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature
Winner! People’s Choice Award – Best Documentary, Toronto Int’l Film Festival
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 successive 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 thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Enzian is proud to host a scholarly discussion following the Sunday, March 19th 3PM screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, presented by Dr. Ruth Edwards, Director of Education at the Winter Park Public Library and Dr. Matt Nichter, professor at Rollins College.
We welcome you to stay after the film for an interactive talk on key themes and issues that drove the life and work of revered African American and LGBTQ rights activist, James Baldwin, and that still drive conversations in our society today. This discussion is Enzian’s mission in action: “To entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through film.”
France | USA, 2016, 95 minutes, Rated PG-13, Directed by Raoul Peck
“One of the 10 best films of the year.”– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A mesmerizing cinematic experience.”– Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Transcendent, kaleidoscopic and transporting.”– Owen Gleiberman, VARIETY
“A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency.”– Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST
“Unmissable and unforgettable.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE