Feature Documentary Competition

I Am Not Your Negro / Je ne suis pas votre nègre

Director : Raoul Peck

Belgium, France, Switzerland, USA
93 min.
English, French


I Am Not Your Negro / Je ne suis pas votre nègre

Belgium, France, Switzerland, USA
93 min.
English, French


Filmmaker Raoul Peck tells the story of the American Civil Rights movement and its implications on modern day USA in the last unfinished words of James Baldwin the gay activist and writer. Baldwin, prior to his death, had started to write a biography of three of his resistance colleagues who had been assassinated during the strife for racial equality and justice: Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers.

The thirty-page draft that Baldwin completed before his death in 1987 is the cornerstone of Peck's film that has rightfully been acclaimed as one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made.

The narration, in Samuel L Jackson’s voice, intricately weaves a story from Baldwin's unfinished script ‘Remember This House’ with other excerpts from his writings and letters. The words of the story, all of which are Baldwin's, flow over archival images and film clips from the 1930s then establish a relationship with modern day African American rights movement and achievements. The film takes us from Baldwin's sensitively and gracefully written prophetic words, to recent images from Ferguson and Black Lives Matter demonstrations to Barack Obama's inauguration. Peck's film is an ode to the Civil Rights movement, it'sits leaders and to James Baldwin who, years after he has left our world, is given credit as the writer of the film.

Director: Raoul Peck
Producer: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
Screenwriter: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
Director of Photography: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Editor: Alexandra Strauss
Sound: Valérie Le Docte
Production Company: Velvet Film
Music: Alexei Aigui
Sound Designer: David Gillain

Raoul Peck

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Raoul Peck, grew up in Zaire and the USA and studied in France, the USA and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 1993 his feature film L’homme sur les quais (The Man by the Shore) was the first Caribbean film to screen in Competition at Cannes. Between 1996 and 1997 he was Minister of Culture in Haiti. He was member of the Berlinale International Jury in 2002 and of the competition jury in Cannes in 2012. His feature films and documentaries have screened frequently in the Berlinale, most recently Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot) in the Panorama.

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