I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Paperback)

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To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished works, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote (Remember This House). In his final year, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated associates: Medgar Evers (1963), Malcolm X (1965), and Martin Luther King, Jr (1968). His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film, I’m Not Your Negro, uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of white supremacy/race in America.

His poetry.

…I missed the style—

that style possessed by no other people in the world.

I missed the way the dark face closes,

the way the dark eyes watch,

and the way, when a dark face opens,

a light seems to go everywhere…

His spoken prose.

I don’t know if white Christians hate Negroes or not, but I know we have a Christian church which is white and a Christian church which is black.

I don’t know whether the labor unions and their bosses really hate me—

that doesn’t matter—but I know I’m not in their unions.

I don’t know whether the real estate lobby has anything against black people, but I know

the real estate lobby is keeping me in the ghetto.

I don’t know if the board of education hates black people,

but I know the textbooks they give my children to read and the schools we have to go to.

Now, this is the evidence. You want me to make an act of faith, risking myself, my wife, my sister,

my children on some idealism which you assure me exists in America, which I have never seen.

Raoul Pecks’ I Am Not Negro is a must see. James Baldwin is a must read.

— From Welcome to Eso Won Books

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National Bestseller
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary

To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin's published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film.

About the Author


JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987. RAOUL PECK is a filmmaker acclaimed for his historical, political, and artistic work. Haitian-born, he grew up in Congo, France, Germany, and the United States. His body of work includes the films The Man by the Shore (Competition, Cannes 1993); Lumumba (Cannes 2000, HBO); and Sometimes in April (2005, HBO). He is currently chairman of the French national film school, La Femis, and recently completed his next feature film, The Young Karl Marx (2017).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525434696
ISBN-10: 0525434690
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Vintage International