Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: I am Not Your Negro-Screening

Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: I am Not Your Negro-Screening

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
James Baldwin in the crowd. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 28 August 1963, Washington

Credit: Courtesy of © Dan Budnik - All Rights Reserved

Explore James Baldwin’s unfinished book about race in America in this Oscar-nominated documentary.

As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series WXXI is pleased to present a FREE screening of I am Not Your Negro on Monday, November  27, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre. It will be followed by a panel discussion. A panel discussion will follow, led by Kevin Hicks. Panelist include: Gary DeWitt Marshall, Actor/Director, Educator; Omobowale Ayorinde, Retired NTID faculty member/photographer; and Debora McDell Hernandez, Coordinator of Community Programs and Outreach, Memorial Art Gallery.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called 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. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material. 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. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. 

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships.  Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Presented by ITVS.  Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Art Works and the National Endowment for the Arts