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I Am Not Your Negro is in UK cinemas today

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Altitude Film Distribution’s I Am Not Your Negro – the Oscar Nominated documentary from award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (MURDER IN PACOT, MOLOCH TROPICAL, SOMETIMES IN APRIL) will be releasing in UK cinemas on Friday 7th April.

The powerful feature is based on James Baldwin’s notes for an unfinished novel ‘Remember This House’ widely considered as one of the greatest uncompleted works in American literature.

Narrated by SAMUEL L. JACKSON and with unprecedented access to JAMES BALDWIN’S original work, RAOUL PECK has completed the cinematic version of the book BALDWIN never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of BALDWIN’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is about what it means to be black in America today.

By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men, we uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. This ‘history of violence’ is also told through the long simplified narrative that Hollywood recounts as a story between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ or ‘right and wrong’, reflects our current racial precariousness. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is also the autopsy of the American racial imagery and iconography.

Premiering at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO was named winner of the prestigious Grolsh People’s Choice Documentary Award. It has since continued to garner further critical acclaim, winning ‘Best Documentary’ prizes at festivals including Chicago Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Philadelphia Film Festival and San Francisco Film Critics Circle, in addition to Special Mentions from International Documentary Association and Black Film Critics Circle Awards.

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