A text manuscript by the American writer James Baldwin is the basis of the documentary "I am not your Negro" by director Raoul Peck. The unchanged text is supplemented by archive recordings of speeches by the author and various excerpts from TV programs, films and news reports. From Baldwin's perspective, the film portrays the murder of African-American civil rights activists Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers, with whom Baldwin was friends. The film also deals with fundamental questions of African-American identity. He impressively traces an important part in the history of the US civil rights movement and, via Baldwin's text, addresses the different public perceptions of its most formative figures.
"I am not your Negro" is considered a masterpiece of younger political cinema. On the one hand, it is an impressive analysis of the representation of African-Americans in US cultural history and, on the other hand, it knows how to use a powerful visual language to emphasize the topicality of issues such as institutional or everyday racism.
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