Why Can’t We Live Together? Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro

Sep 27, 2017, 6:30pm

UPDATE: Film screening is now sold out. No-show tickets will be made available at the door 10 minutes after start time (6:30pm) on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Free and open to the public
Spaces are limited
RSVP required
 
I Am Not Your Negro ‧ 2016 ‧ Raoul Peck ‧ 1h 33min 

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 30 completed pages of this 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. 
 
Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity.
 

Why Can’t We Live Together? features films chosen in an effort to make sense of our common humanity. The diverse range of films explore our present moment of conflict, addressing narratives of difference and resentment as well as hope and beauty. See full schedule here.

 
Generously sponsored by Contemporary Forum and Lisa Sette Gallery.
 
 
 

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