I Am Not Your Negro

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I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raoul Peck
Produced by
Written by
Based on Remember This House
by James Baldwin
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
Music by Alexei Aigui
Edited by Alexandra Strauss
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Country France
United States
Switzerland
Belgium
Language English
Budget $1 million[2]
Box office $7.7 million[1]

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.[3] It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

Synopsis[edit]

This 93-minute feature documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and is entirely inspired by James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mid-1970s.[4] The memoir recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award in the documentary category.[5] Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film,[6][7] it was released for an Oscar-qualifying run on December 9, 2016, before re-opening on February 3, 2017.[8]

Box office[edit]

I Am Not Your Negro grossed $7,089,174 in the United States as of May 11, 2017.[1][9] The film industry website IndieWire attributed, in part, the financial success of the movie to the release shortly before the announcement of Academy Award nominees, opening in an unusually high number of cities, and in non-traditional movie theaters that would generate a word of mouth following.[10]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 180 reviews, with an average rating of 8.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations—and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 95 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "universal acclaim",[12] the film received low user-generated ratings upon its release on IMDb and Metacritic, leading to accusations of vote brigading.[13]

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, "the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights."[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for scores of international awards and won over a dozen, including the following:

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Awards February 26, 2017 Best Documentary Feature I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 21, 2016 Best Documentary Raoul Peck Nominated
Best Editing Alexandra Strauss Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Awards December 28, 2016 Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Black Film Critics Circle December 20, 2016 Special Mention I Am Not Your Negro Won
Black Reel Awards February 16, 2017 Best Feature Documentary Raoul Peck Nominated
British Academy Film Awards February 18, 2018 Best Documentary Raoul Peck Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
52nd Chicago International Film Festival October 21, 2016 Audience Choice Award – Best Documentary Feature Raoul Peck Won
Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US January 11, 2017 Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize Raoul Peck Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Rémi Grellety Nominated
Hébert Peck Nominated
Raoul Peck Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Direction Raoul Peck Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Editing Alexandra Strauss Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score Alexei Aigui Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards December 13, 2016 Best Documentary Film I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Diversity in Media Awards September 15, 2017 Movie of the Year Award I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards December 21, 2016 Best Documentary Film I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Gotham Awards November 28, 2016 Audience Award I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award – Best Documentary Raoul Peck Won
Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution – Best Film Raoul Peck Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards February 27, 2016 Best Documentary Feature I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll December 19, 2016 Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro 3rd Place
Best Editing Alexandra Strauss 9th Place
International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award – Best Writing Raoul Peck Won
James Baldwin Won
IDA Award for Best Feature Rémi Grellety Nominated
Hébert Peck Nominated
Raoul Peck Nominated
Video Source Award Raoul Peck Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards December 4, 2016 Best Documentary Film I Am Not Your Negro Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards May 7, 2017 Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
NAACP Image Awards February 11, 2017 Outstanding Documentary – Film I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards January 7, 2016 Best Non-Fiction Film Raoul Peck Runner-up
North Carolina Film Critics Association January 2, 2017 Best Documentary Film I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Online Film Critics Society January 3, 2017 Best Documentary Film I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
Philadelphia Film Festival October 30, 2016 Audience Award – Best Feature Raoul Peck Won
Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature Raoul Peck Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle December 11, 2016 Best Documentary Film Raoul Peck Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 18, 2016 Best Documentary Feature I Am Not Your Negro Won
41st Toronto International Film Festival September 18, 2016 People's Choice Award – Documentary Raoul Peck Won
Village Voice Film Poll December 21, 2016 Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro 3rd Place
(Tied with No Home Movie)
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards December 4, 2016 Best Documentary I Am Not Your Negro Nominated
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights March 18, 2017 Gilda Vieira de Mello Award I Am Not Your Negro Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "I Am Not Your Negro (2016)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved May 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Trapped in a Burning House: A Review of "I Am Not Your Negro"". Truthout. July 30, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ Young, Deborah (September 20, 2016). "‘I Am Not Your Negro’: Film Review | TIFF 2016". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Scott, A.O. "Review: 'I Am Not Your Negro' Will Make You Rethink Race". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Knight, Chris (September 18, 2016). "La La Land wins the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival". National Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (September 15, 2016). "Magnolia Picks Up Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro' — Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 5, 2017). "'I Am Not Your Negro' Trailer: James Baldwin Describes Race Relations in America (Watch)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 22, 2016). "'I Am Not Your Negro' Early Run Set In Awards-Season Ramp-Up". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "I Am Not Your Negro (2017)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ Winfrey, Graham (April 7, 2017). "'I Am Not Your Negro': How Magnolia Pictures Launched a Smash Hit at the Box Office". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "I Am Not Your Negro (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  12. ^ "I Am Not Your Negro". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 
  13. ^ Flock, Elizabeth (February 7, 2017). "Is 'I Am Not Your Negro' the latest victim of online 'vote brigading'?". PBS NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved July 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ Morgenstern, Joe (February 2, 2017). "'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: Brilliant Notes on a Native Son". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 

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