November 24, 2020

I Am Not Your Negro is a revisit to James Baldwin’s unfinished work “Remember This House” a project that meant to recapture the exploits of some of the greatest black rights activists of all times namely; Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

Three good friends that were all assassinated within a few years of each other during the height of the struggle by the black rights movement. A very emotional film that captured the travails of the black rights activists and not just their personal sufferings but also what their widowed wives and children passed through after their demise.

I Am Not Your Negro was directed by Raoul Peck as he tries to recapture the revolutionary nonfiction work of James Baldwin who died in 1987 when only 30 pages of the manuscript was yet completed.

The film was first released on the 10th of September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival where it won the People’s Choice Award and later on February 3, 2017 in the United States.

Directed by Raoul Peck

Produced by Remi Grellety, Hebert Peck, Raoul Peck

Written by James Baldwin Raoul Peck

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson

Music by Alexei Aigui

Edited by Alexandra Strauss

Production Companies Velvet Film, Artemis Productions, and Close Up Films

Distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studies

Countries United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland

The Cast

I Am Not Your Negro was narrated by the legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson 

The Plot

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary type of film that was narrated by Samuel L. Jackson based on the compilation of James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House” and recounts the twilight period of the struggle for the emancipation of blacks in the United States.

It chronicled the activities of the trio of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

Budget and Box Office

The film was documented on budget of $1 million dollars while it was able to make an impressive showing at the Box Office screening with revenue of $7.4 million.

Critical Response

The film documentary received positive critical acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes and polled a very impressive rating of 99% from 134 reviews. On Metacritic, it had a rating of 96% from 34 critics.

I Am Not Your Negro is a film documentary that captured the events that occurred during a difficult period in the United States. It is an emotional film that could bring tears to your eyes.

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