The companion volume to the stunning new documentary that uses James Baldwin's words to examine the tragic history of race in America: "a film of immense power" (The Guardian) certain to become a classic.
Each line of narration in Raoul Peck's remarkable film I Am Not Your Negro is taken directly from Baldwin's writings, letters, and interviews, or video clips featuring him. The film's starting point is the most famous book Baldwin never wrote: in his final years, he had begun work on a book about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words (magnificently read by Samuel L. Jackson) with his public statements, and assembling still images and historical clips that bring to life the fraught history of American racism. Advance reviews have been ecstatic, and the educational potential is tremendous. Our edition of the script contains 25 images from the film.