James Baldwin’s history of the fight for civil rights in America to be seen on screen in Saffron Walden
PUBLISHED: 08:37 05 May 2017
Showing for just one night at Saffron Screen is the documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, a work based on the writings of the African-American writer James Baldwin, exploring the history of racism, and the struggle for civil rights in the United States.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Junior. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Acclaimed as a powerful and insightful piece about the history of a fight for justice, the film contains archive interviews with James Baldwin, which are voiced by Hollywood star actor Samuel L Jackson.
The movie links the civil rights struggles of the 1960s to present-day black activism. It has received critical acclaim being described as an intellectual and emotional film that reminds us of uncomfortable truths and introduces a great American writer to a new audience. Category 12A, showing at 8pm on Monday, May 8. Tickets saffronscreen.com