Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, director Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro will now be released in cinemas across the UK on 7 April, 2017, courtesy of Altitude Film Distribution.
Based on James Baldwin’s notes for his unfinished novel ‘Remember This House’ (widely considered to be one of the greatest uncompleted works in American literature), narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and made with unprecedented access to Baldwin’s original work, Peck has created the cinematic version of the novel Baldwin never managed to complete – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.
By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of three of the 20th Century’s most influential figures, I Am Not Your Negro looks to uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. It is 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.
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ will be released in cinemas across the UK on 7 April, 2017