United States / France / Belgium / Switzerland 2016, 95 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

In the late 1970s, American author James Baldwin began writing his history of America as told through the life stories of three of his murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Baldwin always knew he would one day undertake this project to trace the fraught relationship between American whites and blacks, but only managed to complete about 30 pages before his death. Utilizing Baldwin’s unique insights, his poetic prose (as wonderfully read by Samuel L. Jackson), rare archival footage and contemporary materials, this film continues his ambitious project, examining the role of violence and oppression in America, then and now, as seen through Baldwin’s sharp critical gaze.

Previous Festivals:

TIFF, Berlinale


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  • Fri 12.05 12:45 Cinemateque 1
  • Mon 15.05 16:30 Cinemateque 3
  • Wed 17.05 21:45 Cinemateque 3
    Extra screening due to high demand
  • Thu 18.05 16:45 Cinemateque 3
  • Sat 20.05 21:15 Cinemateque 1
Director: Raoul Peck
Production: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
Production Company: Velvet Film
Script: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
Editing: Alexandra Strauss
Cinematography: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Research: Marie-hélène Barbéris
Soundtrack: David Gillain
Music: Alexei Aigui
World Sales: Wide House (info@widehouse.org)


Raoul Peck

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, he grew up in Zaire and the USA and studied in France, the USA and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 1993 his feature film L’homme sur les quais (The Man by the Shore) was the first Caribbean film to screen in Competition at Cannes. Between 1996 and 1997 he was Minister of Culture in Haiti. He was member of the Berlinale International Jury in 2002 and of the competition jury in Cannes in 2012. His feature films and documentaries have screened frequently in the Berlinale, most recently Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot) in the Panorama.

1988 Haitian Corner 1991 Lumumba – Death of a Prophet; documentary 1993 L’homme sur les Quais (The Man by the Shore) 1994 Desounen: Dialogue with Death; documentary · Haiti – Le silence des chiens (Haiti, Silence of the Dogs); documentary 2000 Lumumba 2001 Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle; documentary 2005 Sometimes in April 2009 Moloch Tropical; IFB Berlinale Special 2012 Assistance Mortelle (Fatal Assistance); documentary 2014 Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot); IFB Panorama 2016 I Am Not Your Negro; documentary 2017 Le jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx)