After watching this James Baldwin documentary at The Screening Room last night I have an overwhelming need to share how lucky we are to have the opportunity to see this film in Kingston.
I Am Not Your Negro perfectly articulates the race struggles in America that sadly continue today. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson in the voice of civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin, it breaks down the issues that impacted and continue to impact minorities from his unique perspective as a friend of history’s biggest civil rights champions: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and Medgar Evers.
Paired with Baldwin’s insightful and poetic words, the imagery is both devastating and beautiful with clips taken from historically prominent films and photographs as well as footage from recent events in the U.S. For anyone who is willing to open their mind to this raw and captivating film, I highly recommend you go and see it! It plays Friday March 10 at 4:00 pm, Saturday March 11 at 1:25 pm and Wednesday March 15 at 7:00pm.
Note, the theater fills up quickly so I suggest going 35 minutes ahead of time to save yourself a seat. A friend and I arrived 40 minutes early, left our coats on our seats, grabbed sushi next door and arrived just in time.