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Back to School Special: Free Screening of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Aug. 30

Special Screening Time: Wednesday, August 30, 7:30 PM
Kerr-McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business, NW 27th & McKinley

Join us for a free screening of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, USA (2016) 93 min.

In this surprise hit documentary of spring 2017 that sold out screenings across the U.S., viewers get reacquainted with the words and mind of writer/cultural critic James Baldwin 30 years after his death. At a time when his ideas about race and American identity seem more relevant than ever, Director Raoul Peck (Lamumba, Sometimes in April) brings to life Baldwin’s unfinished last book, which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Interweaving Baldwin’s writing with a flood of archival footage, the film confronts the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders and representations of African Americans in various national institutions. Ultimately, the film challenges viewers to examine the very definition of what America stands for.

“I don’t think film can change the world or film can change the fate of a country—people change the fate of a country. But at the same time, I know . . . that film can change a person, because it [catches] you at the right moment and helps you do the necessary change.” Raoul Peck

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“By weaving in old speeches, pieces from other books, and even some visual juxtapositions that maybe only he fully understands, the director makes a persuasive, intuitive case for Baldwin as a poet and a prophet.” Noel Murray, AV Club