Camden, NJ –Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, Image Quilt and the African American Culture and Arts Museum (AACAM) and are excited to present Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, one of the most acclaimed films of the year and a 2017 nominee for Academy Award for Best Documentary.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called 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 30 completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in this incendiary documentary, which premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, January 15, 2018, 9:00-10:30 PM, filmmaker Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, 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.