Write: What James Baldwin means to you?

I’m Not Your Negro is a profound documentary and I don’t use that word lightly. The experience of this film will be diverse. What you feel depends on who you are; where you come from; and the closeness of Baldwin’s words to your lived experience.  There also needs to be a willingness to see the world; particularly the Western world; anew.

With support and access given by Baldwin’s family Raoul Peck worked on a documentary for several years. However, Peck hadn’t found a structure until Baldwin’s sister Gloria gave him 30 pages of letters called “Notes Toward Remember this House”.  With this gift, Peck finally visualize the form of I’m Not Your Negro.


‘A book that was never written! That’s the story.  And what characters! Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther Kings Jr.’  Raoul Peck

For his ambitious documentary, Peck combined Baldwin’s unfinished book with video archives music and cinema…

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