Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's brilliant documentary on racism in America is an essential work for our era, drawing a clear line from the Civil Rights struggle to today's Black Lives Matter movement via the thought of James Baldwin, one of the most lucid, fearless American thinkers on race (and many other matters). Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which considered the history of racism through memories of Baldwin's friends the civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers.
I Am Not Your Negro analyzes white denial and black experience of racial oppression in a historical and contemporary context, bringing Baldwin's observations into the present through powerful juxtapositions of his words (read in voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson) and, for instance, images of the Ferguson protests. By providing an impassioned, accessible introduction to James Baldwin's work and thought, Peck has given us a crucial reference to address ongoing injustice in the United States.
Screening followed by a discussion with Karim Clesca, the editor, Henry Adebonojo, the cinematographer, and SIPA Students of Color.
This event is co-sponsored by SIPA Students of Color and the Maison Française.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive ahead of time to secure a spot.