On the streaming platform Cinetree we present a special selection of films from the Movies that Matter collection. I Am Not Your Negro has recently been added to the collection. Since its premiere, this documentary by Raoul Peck has only become more topical. A must-see film if you want to place the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement in historical perspective.
“The story of the Negro of America is the story of America”. It is one of the most striking and important sentences in the script of I Am Not Your Negro. America has a dark past when it comes to discrimination, emancipation and inequality. Until just before his death (in 1987), author and activist James Baldwin worked on a socially critical manuscript about the role of the Black and white population in America. was an ambitious project: Baldwin wanted to map America through the lives of three murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
The book on these leaders (titled Remember This House) was limited to just 30 pages; to defeat Baldwin. Fortunately, his work and striking remarks have not gone unnoticed. In 2014, the Haitian director Raoul Peck decided to present Baldwin’s work in a different way: by making a confrontational documentary.