I Am Not your Negro

I Am Not your Negro

A Major Motion Picture Directed by Raoul Peck

Book - 2017
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Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary

To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro , acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin's published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2017.
Edition: First vintage international edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525434696
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 BALDWIN
Characteristics: xxiii, 118 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Peck, Raoul


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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 10, 2017

Bold, wise and poignant! A must read, either before or after watching the film.

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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 10, 2017

Bold, wise and poignant! A must read, either before or after watching the film.

PimaLib_JessicaP Apr 21, 2017

This brief, poignant book is the closest we can get into the soul of later James Baldwin without having a complete book by Baldwin himself. Comprised not only of the script from the documentary film of the same name, but also introductions from many people involved in the creation of that film, this book acts as a wonderful primer for the film. It also gives any reader, whether they plan to view the film or not, a lot of thoughtful insight into the world in which Baldwin found himself in later years. Be sure to set aside many hours for this book—while the reading is quick, the post-read thinking will last much longer.


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