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James Baldwin’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Academy Award Nominated Documentary Pre-Screening at the Schomburg by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

In honor of Black History Month, the Schomburg Center and Maysles Documentary Center is hosting a free community preview screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Harlem, New York, February 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Hebert Peck, I Am Not Your Negro producer and brother of Raoul Peck; with a post-program reception at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.

I Am Not Your Negro opens nationwide on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2017.

Each line of narration in Raoul Peck’s remarkable film I Am Not Your Negro is taken directly from James Baldwin’s writings, letters, and interviews, or video clips featuring him. The film’s starting point is the most famous book Baldwin never wrote: in his final years, he had begun work on a book about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His deeply personal notes for Remember This House have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, and assembling still images and historical clips that bring to life the fraught history of American racism. It was released September 10, 2016 premiering at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award in the documentary category. Theatrical distribution by Magnolia Pictures.

Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, Remember This House, which recounts the lives and successive assassinations of his friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Peck (Lumumba, Death of a Prophet, Fatal Assistance, Murder in Pacot) creates a stunning meditation on what it means to be black in America. I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing Baldwin’s unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches his lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks. —Schomburg Center

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic born in Harlem, NY.

Please visit our 3 previous articles on James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro:


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