Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, "I Am Not Your Negro" touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.
Everyone should watch this film
- I Am Not Your Negro review by nm
Extremely interesting film. It was an eye opener for me and makes one think - certainly many people should be ashamed of themselves. James Baldwin has a velvet voice that I could listen to for ever. It is a poignant documentary that teaches positive humanity. It has, as expected, a lovely music score and is a film I would recommend.
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- I Am Not Your Negro review by LG
This was a very informative and well made documentary. I would recommend it if you want to learn about how life was in America in the 1930s to 1960s.
We found this a strong, sobering and chilling documentary about the violent, destructive and unaffirmative treatment of black people in the USA historically but also in the present. We were appreciative of having our eyes opened in this way by James Baldwin, such a skilled , intelligent articulate and composed man of integrity. Highly recommend it. It’s not comfortable viewing but offers a particular angle and insightful perspective.
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A moving and shocking documentary of american racism
- I Am Not Your Negro review by PB
Well made documentary based on an unfinished book by James Baldwin who subsequently died of stomach cancer. Gives a good account of the similarities and different viewpoints of the leading black activists of the 1960's and 1970's, most of whom were murdered by white supremacists. Baldwin moved to Paris, as a black homosexual activist he would have been particularly vulnerable. My visit to the USA 2 years ago suggest they still have a long way to go but attitudes are slowly changing, I believe a recent poll showed 80% of americans are now supportive of inter-racial marriage. As a teenager some american friends tried to show me a Klu Klux Klan meeting. Each junction on the country roads had a man with a shotgun. By the time we found the meeting, there was only a burning cross remaining.
Shocking footage of the hate that some white people had for black americans. Bobby Kennedy appears weak-willed and short of compassion.