I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - Documentary

Hohum Score

8

Engaging

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Raoul Peck
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 4 out of 59 found boring (6.77%)

One-line Reviews (21)

There was a lot of riveting and provocative imagery in this documentary and it certainly will not appeal to a lot of people.

It's engrossing, intriguing, personal, and incredibly relevant.

The footage of James Baldwin's public speaking is riveting and as timely as can be.

Then the film asks a stunning question; "why do you need the n**ger?

The history that this film contrasts with the present is very evocative, hard hitting, and exactly we have history books.

Baldwin reminds us that we have been ducking and dodging the subject of racism in this country for far too long and it is glaringly obvious that this approach is getting us absolutely nowhere.

I mean, the energy of the piece is absolutely amazing, so maybe it's me who is a bit slow.

Yet Another Boring Left Wing Agenda Movie .

"I feel guilty in saying; the film caught me off guard and guiltier still for having the reason explained to me with intense sincerity.

In this film, Baldwin's work--which you get the sense the world wasn't yet ready for back when he was alive- - is forthright, intricate, rich with humanity and compelling in its case for inclusiveness, equality and for America to not become a hypocrite in its love for liberty.

Unlike Peck, I am no fan of Baldwin, whose negative, "the glass is half empty" outlook on race relations, is more than grating.

This isn't some talking-head piece looking at Baldwin's life (there's a PBS doc for that), but rather this is simply the story of a man looking at three men who inspired him and sometimes made him rethink his ways and whose deaths caused him intense pain.

To see the Republican congressmen smiling and nodding at Trump's empty anodynes and lies in his State of the Union address is to realize how the government majority in both houses supports and advances his prejudice and hatred.

Next, director Raoul Peck manages to back him up with a stunning visual collage of archive footage.

The documentary was compelling and intriguing.

Feeling victimized, insecure, empty, they seek out an enemy among themselves on whom to blame the inadequacy of their lives.

It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

'I Am Not Your Negro' feels like the film of a director who has read and reread James Baldwin many times, each time absorbing him the more deeply into his blood.

For Peck to insert the image of Doris Day in such an undeserving spot, in an otherwise absorbing film, does great injustice to her.

The most compelling is a section where Bobby Kennedy predicts a black president some 40 years in the future and Baldwin dismaying the dismissive nature of the prediction.

What I found fascinating about this is that it's not told in your typical format, and perhaps in that way it's different from those other films.