I Am Not Your Negro


2017 Season
London, San Diego

When James Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of a book that 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. In I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America - a journey into black history connecting the evolution of the Civil Rights movement to the current immediacy of #BlackLivesMatter. By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have created a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
2017 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
UK theatrical release 7 April 2017

*Please note that the 9pm screening of I Am Not Your Negro has been added due to popular demand. While there is not a panel discussion or reception for this screening, there will be an introduction by Human Rights Watch Film Festival Creative Director, John Biaggi.

Raoul Peck
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Raoul Peck
Director, Producer, Writer

Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes feature narrative films like The Man by the Shore (Competition Cannes 1993), Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000, bought and aired by HBO), Sometimes in April (HBO, Berlinale 2005), Moloch Tropical (Toronto 2009, Berlin 2010) and Murder in Pacot (Toronto 2014, Berlin 2015). His documentaries include Lumumba, Death of a Prophet (1990), Desounen (1994, BBC) and Fatal Assistance (Berlinale,Hot Docs 2013) which was supported by the Sundance Institute and Britdoc Foundation (UK) and broadcast on major TV channels (Canal+, ARTE, etc.) In 2001, Human Rights Watch awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award. He recently completed shooting his latest feature film, The Young Karl Marx, a European coproduction, shot in Germany and Belgium.