Last year, we reported that a James Baldwin documentary was in the works based on the author and activist’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House.
Now, the official trailer for the highly anticipated film, I Am Not Your Negro, has been released and, from the looks of things, the film is set to become one of 2017’s must-see titles.
Directed by Raoul Peck, the documentary has already garnered widespread critical acclaim, landing on the Academy Awards’ shortlist for best documentary feature.
Told through Baldwin’s lens and his recollections of civil rights icons and events, the documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and explores race relations in the United States. Timely, considering where we are currently headed.
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Baldwin’s estate has given Peck its full support.
“Baldwin is my life…I started reading Baldwin when I was 14 or 15, and I realized as an adult a lot of the things I was saying came from him,” the director said.
The film is set to appear in theaters Feb. 3.