Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro







There's a lot of possibly good movies coming out this year, so I'm keeping track of all the ones that I'm looking forward to.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is one of them.

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He wrote and talked about the complexities of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in 20th-century America from the perspective of both a black man and a gay man. He was heavily involved with the Civil Rights Movement, and Time magazine said of him: "There is not another writer who expresses with such poignancy and abrasiveness the dark realities of the racial ferment in North and South.”

Even though he wasn't name-checked by are stellar new president, James Baldwin is a still a big figure in history, and someone you should know about.

Now you have your chance...

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a documentary about Baldwin, by Raoul Peck, and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film is the story of race in modern-day America, as told through Baldwin's unfinished novel, Remember This House, which is a memoir of his personal recollections of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Early buzz is already calling it the most important film of the year.

The trailer looks amazing...


Now, I don't know for sure whether or not it will be any good, the trailer certainly looks amazing. And as the situation in this country gets worse by the day, if not by the hour, this film looks like it's going to have a lot to say about this country, about how far we've come, and how little we've actually changed. It's probably going to be a difficult and challenging watch, but that only makes it all the more important that that this film be seen. I am really, really looking forward to it. You should definitely go see this film, I know I will.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO opens on February 3rd, 2017. That's tomorrow.

Go see it,
Jon


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