I Am Not Your Negro

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, March 10, 2017

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Fresno Filmworks presents the American documentary feature “I Am Not Your Negro,” a powerful reinvention of Civil Rights activist James Baldwin’s unfinished book “Remember This House.” Baldwin’s book was to be a powerful look at the lives, and ultimate deaths, of his good friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The film brings Baldwin’s manuscript to life, using his own words and explorations on the racial narrative of America, with images, sounds and music from both the past and present. “I Am Not Your Negro” masterfully provides a contemporary link between the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and the present social justice movement of #BlackLivesMatter. From Haitian director and social activist Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Closed Captioning and other assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Raoul Peck
USA • 1 hr 35 min • PG-13
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION
After the early show only, stay for a post-screening discussion with a trio of panelists from Fresno State: Thomas-Whit Ellis, Melissa Harris, and Dr. Francine Oputa. Ellis is a professor and theatrical director in the Department of Theatre Arts; Harris is a graduate student in the Department of Communication; and Oputa is the director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.

SCREENING SPONSORS:


Fresno Center for Nonviolence




California Advocate Newspaper


Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 105.5 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary. It’s a meditation on the prophetic brilliance and the very being of James Baldwin, the African-American writer who was more than a 'great thinker' on race — he was the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity (and our humanity, too)." — Owen Glieberman, Variety
". . . ‘Negro’ utilizes the entire spectrum of film language, not only spoken words but also sound, music, editing and all manner of visuals. They're all employed with a formidable cinematic intelligence to create a film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today . . . ." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary. It’s a meditation on the prophetic brilliance and the very being of James Baldwin, the African-American writer who was more than a 'great thinker' on race — he was the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity (and our humanity, too)." — Owen Glieberman, Variety
". . . ‘Negro’ utilizes the entire spectrum of film language, not only spoken words but also sound, music, editing and all manner of visuals. They're all employed with a formidable cinematic intelligence to create a film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today . . . ." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.