I Am Not Your Negro by Inc. Velvet Films
A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Vintage International)

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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his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been.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.

About Inc. Velvet Films

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JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. Born in Harlem in New York City, he moved to Paris at the age of 24 to escape prejudice in the United States and spent his last years in the south of France. Among his more than twenty works are Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time.RAOUL PECK is a prize-winning filmmaker and political activist, best known for his feature film Lumumba (2000). Haitian born, he now lives in New Jersey, Paris, and Haiti.
Published February 7, 2017 by Vintage. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In addition to the local premiere of Wajda’s last film, Afterimage, the show includes his best-known films—the harrowing existential drama Kanal, the harbinger of the East European new wave Ashes and Diamonds, and his portrait of a Stalin-era model worker, the Polish Citizen Kane and political ev...

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