I Am Not Your Negro
Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature
Winner! People’s Choice Award – Best Documentary, Toronto Int’l Film Festival
This show is on standby. A limited amount of numbered cards will be given to patrons who arrive at Enzian one hour prior to showtime. Right before showtime, after ticket holders have been seated, we will sell any remaining tickets.
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.
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