I Am Not Your Negro

  • The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center 20 Terry Street Patchogue, NY, 11772 United States



Fri, Feb 24 - 5:00 P
Sat, Feb 25 - 5:45 P
Sun, Feb 26 - 4:30 P
Mon, Feb 27 - 7:30 P
Tues, Feb 28 - 4:00 P
Wed, Mar 1 - 5:00 P

Special Screening:

Thurs, Mar 2 - 7:30 P*
Sat, Mar 11 - 10:30 A*

* Special guest speaker, Dr. Natalie Byfeild.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Dr. Natalie Byfield is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John's University in Queens. She has taught in the fields of sociology and communications. Her overall research focuses on the role of language in society and how the powerful and those with less influence use language to shape their world. Through this she explores media in society, cultural studies, social theory, and the co-determined nature of race, gender, and class formations. Byfield has served as a visiting research fellow at the Research and Evaluation Center of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and was a 2011 recipient of the Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant awarded by the American Sociological Association. She is also a past recipient of a Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She spent close to a decade working as a journalist in New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Time Magazine, The American Lawyer, New York Law Journal, and New York Woman. Her forthcoming book Race, Media & the Central Park Jogger Story will be published by Temple University Press.

Read Campbell Dalglish's review here.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come.” — Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

Directed by Raoul Peck
Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin
Running Time 1 hr 33 mins
Rating PG-13

General Admission: $9 * Students: $7 * Members: $6 * Children (12 & Under): $5

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