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I Am Not Your Negro

Wonderful, must-see documentary based on the writings of James Baldwin. Baldwin started to write a book about Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X but only finished 30 pages of it before he died. The director takes a very innovative approach by imagining what the book might have looked like. The film uses James Baldwin’s words and archival footage of his speeches, footage from the activities of the three leaders of the civil rights movement, and footage from contemporary events to weave together a very compelling view of race in America. The film also serves as a very good critique of the role of film in reflecting the cultural values of white America. Huge thumbs up from me for a film that serves as a great explanation of why Black Lives Matter. I discovered James Baldwin in graduate school and read whatever I could get my hands on, and I was so thrilled to see his great words and piercing intellect brought to life. This is my favorite documentary of the year (of the ones I have seen).

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