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Film: I Am Not Your Negro

Author: Miriam Jones

Posted on Jan 27, 2021

Category: News and Notices

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for the first screening of the UNB Saint John winter 2021 film series, open to all members of the UNB community: I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck (2016). The film will be introduced by Dr. Joe Galbo, Professor, Social Sciences, and you are invited to stay after the screening for the discussion.

The screening will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE FILM: "I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for." (Independent Lens, PBS)

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY: "Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called “race relations” — white supremacy and the resistance to it, in plainer English — this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind. Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, 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." (A.O. Scott, NYTimes)

—News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary
—Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature
—BAFTA Award for Best Documentary
—Independent Spirit Awards Nomination for Best Documentary
—International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award
—César Award for Best Documentary

This on-line screening is open to all members of the University of New Brunswick community. Please use your UNB I.D. and login to this Microsoft Teams link:

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This screening would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of the UNB Library and the Faculty of Arts, Saint John.

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