|I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (director/writer: Raoul Peck; screenwriter: based on a book by James Baldwin; cinematographers: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross; editor: ; music: Alexei Aigui; cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Voiceover); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Remi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hebert Peck; Magnolia; 2016)|
back at the volatile civil rights era, as it
treats Baldwin as a capable voice to speak for
the angry outsiders about racial bias and
about being black in America."
by Dennis Schwartz
Baldwin was raised in Harlem, but since 1948 lived in exile in Paris. In 1979, at 55, he returned to Harlem for good, saying he wanted to be part of the civil rights movement and revisit his roots at home.
The film uses archival footage of Baldwin and his three slain heroes and excerpts from him on the Dick Cavett show, as well as appropriate movie clips. It voices moral pleas for radical change, suggesting that the entire American social structure must be changed before there is equality, as all other change is only cosmetic.
If I'm to believe the aim of the film, it was to give everyone a feel of what it's like to be black in America, I'm afraid that aim was not achieved. But if one was looking for a fanciful debate on American racism, there's plenty here to chew on as offered by the controversial homosexual black author.
REVIEWED ON 10/31/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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