I Am Not Your Negro
First screened in February 2017
Director: Raoul Peck. Documentary-cum-essay film collage of footage from James Baldwin's life and the movements in which he participated, accompanied by text from his unpublished writings, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Screenplay: James Baldwin and Raoul Peck (drawn from the unfinished novel Remember This House by James Baldwin).

Twitter Capsule: Invigorating if also a bit frustrating in refusing to adopt a clean shape; Baldwin's disruptive spirit abides.

VOR:   For better and worse, not quite the teaching tool you'd expect. Creatively jagged, sometimes tough to access, but historically and intellectually rich.

Photo © 2016 Magnolia Pictures/Velvet Film

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

Other Awards:
Berlin International Film Festival: Panorama Audience Award (Documentary); Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention)
Chicago International Film Festival: Audience Award (Documentary)
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award (Documentary)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Documentary Feature

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