While the United States is experiencing one of the most troubled political periods in the country’s history, the RIDM is honoured to present a Montreal sneak preview of the Oscar-nominated essential documentary essay I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck on Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc. The RIDM+ series is presented by Télé-Québec.
Inspired by the unfinished final film by the great James Baldwin, which dealt with the legacy and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Raoul Peck (L’homme sur les quais, Lumumba) explores, through extensive archival footage and new footage, the history of racial tension in the United States over the last 50 years. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, who gives a stirring reading of Baldwin’s incisive, visionary prose, I Am Not Your Negro is a brilliant update to the reflections of the acclaimed author, more necessary than ever in this, the age of Black Lives Matter. “I know more about you than you know about me. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” An exceptionally powerful political essay, I Am Not Your Negro is a brilliant re-appropriation of historical myths, resulting in a penetrating reflection on America today.
Distributed by Métropole Films, I Am Not Your Negro opens on February 24 at Cinéma du Parc and at Cinéma AMC Forum.