I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck

United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland 2016, 93 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch

Festival year: 2018

Radical, topical research project by director Raoul Peck on race in the US, connecting the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today’s #BlackLivesMatter. With a voice-over by Samuel L. Jackson.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. It was envisioned as a revolutionary and personal book about three friends who had been murdered: Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr. When Baldwin died in 1987, only thirty pages of the manuscript had been completed.

In I Am Not Your Negro, director Raoul Peck brings to life the book that James Baldwin never finished: he has Samuel L. Jackson provide the voice-over for the images, taking viewers along on a journey through the history of the American civil rights movement.

The film received an Oscar nomination and was well-received in the press. Dutch newspaper Trouw called it ‘a unique study of the American racial problems’, and de Volkskrant thought the film ‘equally coercive and irresistible’.


I Am Not Your Negro is part of the Chosen by YOU theme programme.

Official website: http://widehouse.org/film/i-am-not-your-negro/



Velvet Film




Dutch distribution:

Cinema Delicatessen




World sales:

Wide House




Talkshows & debates

The National Theatre presents I Am Not Your Negro: Q&A met theatre producer Daria Bukvic and poet Kn

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 16:15

Laura van Zuijlen speaks with theater producer Daria Bukvic and Kno’ledge Cesare (Jerry Afriyie) about the legacy of James Baldwin, racism in Dutch society and the role theater can play in tackling rac