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Book Film Discussion Group – I am Not Your Negro
March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The group discussion will be held online on March 25th, 2021, at 7:00 pm. This event is a collaborative effort between the West Linn Alliance and the West Linn Public Library. It is open to the public and we invite you to join us.
The film can be viewed prior to the discussion on the library’s Kanopy platform.
You can register for the event on the Library’s website:
The film 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. The film views like a video autobiography of James Baldwin, an American author whose life spanned from 1924 to 1987. The cinematography and film editing are amazing, considering they had such a wealth of material with which to work.
The author was frequently interviewed by the media during his lifetime, and this film backs up much of what he was saying in those interviews with actual clips of newsreels, sitcoms, and movie clips not only from that era, but also from our own. It leaves you with an overwhelming sense of how prophetic he was. But of course, he did not have to be prophetic. He spent a lifetime seeing white men portrayed in their euphoric white world while growing up in his reality. He saw the apathy of the white community. It did not take a prophet to see where we were headed if you only had the eyes to see it.