2017 Berlinale: Five FilmsThe 67th Berlinale is slated to serve up a host of noteworthy premieres. Jack Howard of Berlin Film Society selects his favorites.

2017 Berlinale: Five FilmsThe 67th Berlinale is slated to serve up a host of noteworthy premieres. Jack Howard of Berlin Film Society selects his favorites.

I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck (2016)

Based on an unfinished manuscript by American writer James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary that explores the history of racism in the US and delves into Baldwin’s memories of his civil rights leader friends Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers. In the film, Haitian director Raoul Peck transforms Baldwin’s unpublished pages into a powerful poetic collage of archival footage from the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

The documentary, which took ten years to make, is a reflection of Baldwin’s experiences as an African-American in a largely intolerant society and is as relevant as ever in our current political climate. “Although it’ll no doubt get a good theatrical run...

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