I Am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin and Race in America

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frimpomaa

i am glad i finally watched this documentary.

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Jennifer

If you were moved by this documentary, you'll want to listen to the podcast "Seeing White". We white folk are so used to being the norm, the standard against which all others (particularly people of color) are evaluated. This podcast turns the lens back on what it means to be white in our ...Read more

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Abel

"Sonny's Blues" is the story that made me a reader. I hope the movie spurs people to read all his wonderful writings, both fiction and non. I can't help but wonder where the James Baldwins of today are? Do they get drowned out by all the noise? Or am I not listening?

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Pauline

Brilliant Documentary..

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Toya

So powerful and poignant!

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Jason

excellent!!! I liked the film a lot :)

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Brian

Amazing film. I cannot believe I took so long to see it. I plan to teach it in my next class.

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christine

excellent, excellent illustration of America's fabric and tapestry. Mr. Peck has done a yeoman's job in capturing the vision and wisdom of our brother, Baldwin, who was a great writer and activist. Thank you!

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Daria

Such a poignant, eye-opening documentary capturing the very legacy of American racism and the heart of our socio-political, cultural problems to date (2018)! I am a fan of Baldwin and have started to research this American literary giant. I also love Art as Activism even in our present ...Read more

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Germaine

A very important and moving film especially in light of what is taking place in the US today.

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safiro

I recommend reading this article as a supplement to this documentary that brings forward Baldwin's queer identity:
"But as political activism today frequently fails to be adequately intersectional, it's important to remember that not only was James Baldwin unapologetically black, but he ...Read more

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Ever

This is certainly a masterpiece that successfully blends history and art in film. It is sad because of the reality that it reflects, but it truly counterbalances the shallow history of the USA that is normally presented. It is also very dense, requiring a second or even a third viewing to ...Read more

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Abdiwali

History is repeating itself, I guess!

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Brandon

Fantastic!! His final words in this doc, especially, are incredible.

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Dipak

I am an international student from India. This documentary really helped me to understand the history of racial discrimination in the U.S.

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Michelle

Has it been a big shock to see how deeply rooted racism is in the U.S?

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Mia

Kudos Dipak for seeking the truth.

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Alana

I am different after watching and listening. The resonance of the voice, the truth of the words. A necessity in any classroom.

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charles

I an not your Negro was a profound discussion but did not look into
why are whites true racist in their souls

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Russell

Such an artistic and enlightening film

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Heidi

Such a brilliant film. I plan to watch it again with my teenager.

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anygivenday1

Why are we still having the same problems in 2017 that we were having in this country so many years ago? As he said in the film - "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

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Doreen

Enlightenment!

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Maisha

Awesome!

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e

Love this film.

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Sharline

Relevant.

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Martin

One of the most powerful documentaries ever made. Required watching. I am very happy to see Kanopy providing it here. I hope it will be available in perpetuity. I want to be able to show it to my kids... and grandkids.

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Darvin

Face to face... I can see what's inside... I walk by faith.

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Gabriel

Great documentary about the history we all need to explore again and again...

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Deloris

Powerful film! Should be required viewing for all schools.

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Pamela

Wow! moving, many questions, still no answers.

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LAMOUR

This movie should be viewed by all Blacks in this country, especially those 40 years and younger. Too many things are taken for granted these days and minds are oblivious to past events, including the present.

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Eric

It should be viewed by everyone. Period.

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Jason

"I Am Not Your Negro" beautifully underscores the past and present day plight of Blacks in America while exposing the creative genius, diversity, and greatness that exists within the Black community. A true masterpiece.

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Frances

Phenomenal!!!! It's interesting how Baldwin's words are like prophecy. The racial struggle and ignorance are still relevant today. What are going to do as a country to make the change?

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Javier

Magnificent!

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Eva

This film is more relevant than ever in Trump's America. In the archival footage, I keep expecting to see a young Jeff Sessions beating up black people. I mean, nobody would be surprised, amirite?

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shirley

great comment

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Christopher

This film is definitely NOT structured in a narrative form, not does it need to be. It is exceptional and required viewing.

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Babak

This film is about institutionalized racism in America. As a film it has things to offer , but it really seemed all over the place and incoherent. I definitley appreciate the style of this documentary , which was to use lots of movie clips along with clips from Malcolm X , MLK, and James ...Read more

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Paul

Question of enlightenment: how would you consider the history you're living through today coherent or more simply linear?

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Babak

"the history I'm living through today" , I would say that the history that's being lived through today is an echo of many past events. There are struggles of ideology, politics, and cults (religions). A lot of changes are occurring as a result of technology, and the internet.

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Eric

History is not coherent. It's a bloody, suffering, tangled mess of events. I think this perfectly represents the history it is showing.

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Anna

An incredible film -- actually, a MASTERPIECE. I am left utterly speechless not only because of its timeliness, but also for the tragic reality that filmmaker Raoul Peck so purposefully highlights in his intricate weaving of America's history, both past and present. I hope they show this ...Read more

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Olivia

I have nothing to add to this comment and totally agree.....an hour after the credits rolled and I'm still sitting here quietly processing this poetic and powerful film.

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