I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, through the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, using only the writer's original words. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

2016Rating: Exempt95 minsUSA, France
DocumentaryHistorical
Director:
Raoul Peck ('Sometimes in April', 'Lumumba')
Writer:
James BaldwinRaoul Peck
Cast:
James Baldwin

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

I Am Not Your Negro is poetic, inspiring, haunting, and absolutely necessary. Constructed from the unfinished text of James Baldwin’s manuscript “Remember This House”, Raoul Peck’s film stitches together a visual tapestry worthy of the late Civil Rights activist’s writings. It’s not only the story of the African-American in America, but America itself — as stirring and powerful a document of black/white race-relations as Ezra Edelman’s gargantuan, equally vital opus O.J.: Made in America.

5.0

Great and thought provoking

I watched this on a plane in July and it was very powerful. Great use of archival footage to match the voiceover narrative by James Baldwin, who gives an insight into what life was like as African Americans fought for equal human rights. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, beyond the 30 pages he drafted. The film is all the...

4.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

This is Baldwin at his most polemical, but beneath his rage you can discern a groping for unity.

Variety

Variety

press

The rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary.

Time Out

Time Out

press

A galvanizing, ominous film, thrumming with a sense of history repeating itself.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a striking work of storytelling.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Impassioned, urgent and admirable on pretty much every level it aims for and occupies.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is a searing and topical indictment of racial prejudice and hatred in America that makes for uneasy viewing and is not easily forgotten.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An astonishingly powerful and profoundly affecting documentary…

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

I Am Not Your Negro is poetic, inspiring, haunting, and absolutely necessary. Constructed from the unfinished text of James Baldwin’s manuscript “Remember This House”, Raoul Peck’s film stitches together a visual tapestry worthy of the late Civil Rights activist’s writings. It’s not only the story of the African-American in America, but America itself — as stirring and powerful a document of black/white race-relations as Ezra Edelman’s gargantuan, equally vital opus O.J.: Made in America.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

This is Baldwin at his most polemical, but beneath his rage you can discern a groping for unity.

Variety

Variety

press

The rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary.

Time Out

Time Out

press

A galvanizing, ominous film, thrumming with a sense of history repeating itself.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a striking work of storytelling.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Impassioned, urgent and admirable on pretty much every level it aims for and occupies.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is a searing and topical indictment of racial prejudice and hatred in America that makes for uneasy viewing and is not easily forgotten.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An astonishingly powerful and profoundly affecting documentary…

Great and thought provoking

I watched this on a plane in July and it was very powerful. Great use of archival footage to match the voiceover narrative by James Baldwin, who gives an insight into what life was like as African Americans fought for equal human rights. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, beyond the 30 pages he drafted. The film is all...

4.0