In June 1979, the writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin embarked on a project to tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He died before it could be completed. In his documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck imagines the book Baldwin never wrote, using his original words to create a radical, powerful and poetic work on race in the United States - then, and today.
'Thrilling . . . A portrait of one man's confrontation with a country that, murder by murder, as he once put it, "devastated my universe"' The New York Times
'Baldwin's voice speaks even more powerfully today . . . the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity . . . The times have caught up with his scalding eloquence' Variety
'A cinematic séance . . . One of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made' Guardian
'I Am Not Your Negro turns James Baldwin into a prophet' Rolling Stone
James Baldwin, geboren 1924 in New York, gestorben 1987 in Nizza, engagierte sich in den 60er und 70er Jahren aktiv für die Bürgerrechtsbewegung im Süden der USA. In seinen Erzählungen beschreibt er die afro-amerikanische Kultur. Berühmt wurde er durch seine Romane Giovanni's Zimmer (1956) und Eine andere Welt (1962).