I Am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin and Race in America

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Anonymous picture

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

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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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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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History is repeating itself, I guess!

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

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

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Kudos Dipak for seeking the truth.

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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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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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Such an artistic and enlightening film

Heidi avatar

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

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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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Love this film.

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

Gabriel avatar

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

Deloris avatar

Powerful film! Should be required viewing for all schools.

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Wow! moving, many questions, still no answers.

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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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It should be viewed by everyone. Period.

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"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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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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Eva avatar

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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great comment

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

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

Anna avatar

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

Olivia avatar

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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