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About the Movie
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. 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 Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 138
- Fresh: 135
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.
Fresh: An enormously resonant work of cultural history that should do much to renew attention to the lonely, prophetic voice of James Baldwin.
Fresh: Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come.
Fresh: It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin's spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.
One Black Man's Opinion
Even the title of this movie is deliberately confrontational. The lion's share of prejudice and racism I've encountered in my 30 years of life have been from other blacks, the type of fools who would make films like this. I have been excoriated and ostracized because I refuse to kneel before the alter of professional victimhood and my ability see history and contemporary issues through the lense of objectivity, not as a person of color. We will never achieve any type of unity as Americans if so many choose to so aggressively and willingly set themselves apart from one another. Poverty pimps like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton and the narcissistic and racist BLM movement are symptoms of the illness that plagues us now more than ever. They weaponize their skin color and self proclaimed status of innocent victims and pawns in some evil world created by whites. They encourage tribalism and that we need not take any type of responsibility in our own lives because none of our wounds are self inflicted. To me this narrative is not only bizarre but also disgusting and unforgiveable. I knew from an early age that I am owed nothing except the inalienable rights of any American and can expect only what I am willing to work for. That's what got me into the Naval Academy and the reward of professional and personal success, not phony outrage and ignorance. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is madness what the men of the 54th Massachusetts or MLK Jr. died for.
He spoke the truth every time he opened up his mouth. We need this movie, this movement, this truth to be heard on the deaf ears of our children today. Both black, white, and other.
I Am Not Your Negro
Must see movie for all Americans! Stunning and spellbinding! Baldwin is a genius!
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2017
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