Raoul Peck: I Am Not Your Negro
The Goethe-Instituts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico are participating in the call by the international literature festival berlin (ilb) for a worldwide screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck on December 10, Human Rights Day.
Please join us on December 10, 6:00pm EST to virtually watch with us I Am Not Your Negro from our homes. The viewing will be live-tweeted @GoetheToronto.
In the US, the film is available through the streaming service Kanopy, which some viewers can access with their public library cards, and via subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.
Prof. Vershawn Young (Dr. Vay) from the University of Waterloo, a scholar and teacher of African American communication, literature, and performance as well as a James Baldwin expert and multi-media artist, will accompany the viewing on Twitter and answer questions from participants. Before joining the departments of Communication Arts and English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, he was on faculty at the University of Kentucky and the University of Iowa. As an anti-racist activist, Dr. Vay is a member of the Aptly Outspoken Collective, which offers consulting services related to diversity and inclusion to organizations and schools.
Dr. Vay will take over the Twitter account @GoetheToronto from 6:00-8:00pm EST on December 10 to contextualize the film, Baldwin’s work, and Black masculinity, and to answer your questions. During that time window please tag your questions #AskAnExpert #IAmNotYourNegro or email them to the Goethe-Institut Toronto beforehand.
I Am Not Your Negro
2016, 95 minutes
Directed by Raoul Peck
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
In this award-winning documentary, based on the unfinished manuscript Remember This House by James Baldwin, Raoul Peck seeks to capture the racism of US society in a chronological panorama from 1890 to 2014 by means of cinematic collage and the life story of three friends of Baldwin who were murdered in the 1960s: human rights lawyer Medgar Evers (✝1963), Malcolm X (✝1965), and Martin Luther King Jr. (✝1968). By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men, Peck uncovers a larger narrative of America’s historical denial and irrational relationship with race.
“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.” –The New York Times
“This Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses the author’s words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. It’s unmissable and unforgettable.” –The Rolling Stone
Australian Film Critics Association Award
Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Audience Award
Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Award
Toronto International Film Festival Audience Choice Award
Black Film Critics Circle Special Mention
and 24 others