New clips released for Oscar-Nominated Doc 'I Am Not Your Negro'
Powerful Academy Award-winning documentary I Am Not Your Negro hits select UK cinemas this Friday as new clips demonstrate the moving nature of the film.
Based on an unfinished manuscript by acclaimed political essayist James Baldwin, director Raoul Peck’s goal of completing Baldwin’s vision comes through vividly as he visualises the original work combined with passionate voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson. the film explores American racial issues through the lens of Baldwin’s personal experiences combined with observations about civil rights figures Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Peck and Baldwin use the experiences of these men whom Baldwin was close to illustrate both the history of racism and how the struggle continues through to the modern day.
Where the film becomes unique is in its combination of these experiences with a more modern perspective on the history of racial imagery and iconography. For too long, Hollywood has seen the fight against racism as a simple battle of good versus evil and this film attempts to redress this common misconception by showing the true complexities of racial identity and the fight against oppression.
Since its premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has picked up critical acclaim at every turn from winning the Grolsh People’s Choice Documentary Award to winning Best Documentary at a range of other film festivals (Chicago Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards to name a few).
Watch the featured clips below:
The film shows at FACT in Liverpool on 13 April followed by a discussion with social activist Malik Al Nasir and an invited academic, exploring the context of the film in today’s society; how prophetic were Baldwin’s words, and have we progressed or retrograded?