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The Black Lens presents, 'I Am Not Your Negro'

When: Monday, February 20, 6 pm

Where:  The Magic Lantern

Tickets: $25 Advance / $30 at the Door

This show is expected to sell out! Purchase tickets online at blacklensnews.com.

James Arthur Baldwin, a poet, novelist, and playwright assumes the role of civil rights critic and catalyst even after his death in 1987 by way of the new documentary film, “I Am Not Your Negro.” The film, recently nominated for a 2017 Best Feature Documentary Academy Award, is a cinematic display directed by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

In the late 1970s, Baldwin envisioned and began working on his next book, which was to be titled “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

I Am Not Your Negro recites Baldwin’s manuscript, showcasing his words fluidly through video clips of the history of racial relations and civil rights throughout American history. Video clips highlighting interviews with Baldwin, in conjunction with the narration of his written word, exemplify the ongoing struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, even in present-day America.  “I Am Not Your Negro” is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Baldwin forebodingly prophesied the notion that racial discrimination would carry on through future decades – citing that the very idea of racial discrimination was rooted in a crisis of the American spirit, with race as the excuse. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of three historically important leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Though the Academy Award nomination generally receives most attention, I Am Not Your Negro arrives with a litany of awards: Audience award winner at the Chicago International Film Festival, five overall nominations including outstanding achievement in the Cinema Eye Honors, Best Documentary in the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Best Documentary Feature in the Philadelphia Film Festival, and more.

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