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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro

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Year

2016

Duration

94 minutes

Genres

Documentary, Period and Historical

Language

English


Synopsis

James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist and critic, regarded as one of the most important voices of the Civil Rights movement. In this searing documentary, he recounts his experiences in 20th century America through the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, particularly focusing on his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers. His account of the political movement is explored, as well as his more personal reminiscences of American history. Fascinating archive footage is used throughout – to unsettling effect – capturing images from major historical events, often juxtaposed with disturbing scenes of contemporary American society. As well as this, the film dissects old film clips demonstrating the representation of African Americans in cinema, in provocative, unsettling ways. A challenging, but hugely rewarding documentary.

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Images of real violence, racist and strong language.

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