YFS Past Screenings & Events
I am Not Your Negro
This screening took place on
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 5:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro 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.
“FIVE STARS. A cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made. A striking work of storytelling—I Am Not Your Negro isn’t a special interest title, it is a film.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
- Directed by Raoul Peck
- 2016, USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland
- 90 minutes