Special Event: I AM NOT YOUR NEGROFrance, USA | 2017 | 93 minutes | Rated PG-13 | Documentary
Directed by Raoul Peck
Tuesday July 11, 2017, 7:30pm
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Raoul Peck
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
The Martha’a Vineyard NAACP and the MV Film Society are presenting I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO to be followed by a discussion and book signing with Jessica B. Harris, author of “My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir”
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. And, 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.
Jessica B. Harris — Author of My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir
Jessica B. Harris is one of a handful of African Americans who have achieved prominence in the culinary world. She holds a PhD from NYU, teaches English at Queens College, and lectures internationally. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Food & Wine, Essence, and The New York Times, among other publications. Considered one of the most preeminent scholars of the food of the African Diaspora, she has been inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America and recently helped the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize its cafeteria.
In My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir, author and preeminent food historian Jessica B. Harris brings readers into 70’s-era New York, a city in transition—from legal segregation to white flight, from a city of Irish pubs to a home for international cuisine—and rollicking hub for artists in which Harris entered adulthood as a young college professor living in Greenwich Village. She recounts falling in love, finding inspiration, facing loss, and coming into her own during an unforgettable era of literature, music, and food as fostered by unforgettable cultural lions like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, and many others.
The MVNAACP is a branch of the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. It’s mission is to ensure political, educational,social and economic equality of minority citizens in the United States.
"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." -AO Scott, New York Times
"This Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses the author's words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. It's unmissable and unforgettable." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone