People who were away from Raglan during our Film Festival in September have asked for an encore screening ofÂ I Am Not Your Negro.
So here it is screening on Sunday Dec 3rd at 7pm.Â Â Reserve atÂ http://raglanmovies.nzÂ Door sales from 6.30pm.
This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.
â€œWhatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called â€˜race relationsâ€™ â€“ white supremacy and the resistance to it, in plainer English â€“ 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 historyâ€¦
To callÂ I Am Not Your NegroÂ a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate [director Raoul] Peckâ€™s achievement. Itâ€™s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmakerâ€¦ and his subject. The voice-over narration (read by Samuel L. Jackson) is entirely drawn from Baldwinâ€™s work. Much of it comes from notes and letters written in the mid-1970s, when Baldwin was somewhat reluctantly sketching out a book, never to be completed, about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jrâ€¦His published and unpublished words â€“ some of the most powerful and penetrating ever assembled on the tortured subject of American identity â€“ accompany images from old talk shows and news reports, from classic movies and from our own decidedly non-post-racial present.
I Am Not Your NegroÂ is a thrilling introduction to his work, a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics â€“ a concise, roughly 90-minute movie with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series or a literary doorstop.â€ â€” A.O. Scott,Â NY Timesâ€œOne of the 10 best films of the year.â€ -New York Times