How I Got Over: 'I Am Not Your Negro' Filmmaker Raoul Peck in Conversation
Thursday, February 02, 2017
James Baldwin’s final and unfinished project “Remember This House” was an effort to capture the lives of three of his closest friends, all assassinated: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the manuscript Baldwin never finished in his Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” in theaters February 3. The film is a radically nuanced examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material that connects the past struggles for racial justice to those of the present.
WNYC editor Rebecca Carroll hosted an unconventional conversation with Peck about the prescience of Baldwin's work and his indictment of American racism as its own moral monster.
Watch the entire conversation:
About Raoul Peck
Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes feature narrative films like The Man by the Shore (Competition Cannes 1993), Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000, bought and aired by HBO), Sometimes in April (HBO, Berlinale 2005), Moloch Tropical (Toronto 2009, Berlin 2010) and Murder in Pacot (Toronto 2014, Berlin 2015).
His documentaries include Lumumba, Death of a Prophet (1990), Desounen (1994, BBC) and Fatal Assistance (Berlinale,Hot Docs 2013) which was supported by the Sundance Institute and Britdoc Foundation (UK) and broadcast on major TV channels (Canal+, ARTE, etc.)
He has served as jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and at the Berlinale, is presently chairman of the board of the National French film school La Fémis, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives worldwide. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award.