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I Am Not Your Negro: Raoul Peck Q&A
Film director Raoul Peck discusses his latest film I Am Not Your Negro and takes questions from the audience.
5 Apr 2017
James Baldwin was an American writer, playwright and social critic whose work often focussed on racial and social issues.
In 1979, he wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
I Am Not Your Negro, is master filmmaker Raoul Peck's interpretation of that unfinished book by James Baldwin. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a 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 these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Raoul Peck is a filmmaker of feature length films, documentaries, and experimental videos. He was Haiti's Minister of Culture from 1996–97 and teaches at film schools throughout the world. In this post-screening conversation director Raoul Peck talks about his film, how he aproached it and discusses how the past connects to the present.
Raoul Peck is in conversation with Dr Edson Burton, a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol.