I Am Not Your Negro

Synopsis & Film Details

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

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.


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.