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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September - Documentary: I'm not your negro (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:41:31 +0300

I'm not your Negro "(" I'm not your negro "), this sentence James Baldwin gives its title to documentary film director Raoul Peck Haitian dedicated to him. And Baldwin goes on: " Most whites I meet are not racist. But they must ask themselves why they need to have a Negro. This is what is at stake in the work of Baldwin, an Afro-American author who has been closely involved with the civil rights movement: exploring the racial tensions and the unspoken stories of American society and preventing to reflect on real collective emancipation. Peck undertakes to share with us this dazzling thought without comment, but simply by putting in images the words of Baldwin. ---- The film is there to make the spectators reflect, to make them think really, pointing the contradictions: you are white and you say that you are not racist but then why do the " negroes " exist ? Why are fictional works - many of which are featured in the documentary - so full of racist violence and stereotypes ? But the challenge of the film is first and foremost to address those who suffer and fight racist, colonial, segregationist systems, to encourage them on the road of revolt.

It is to these more or less activist, more or less committed people that Raoul Peck proposes to (re) discover Baldwin's luminous thought, which puts words clear and precise, without detours, on realities that always speak 50 years later. Through a tangled array of archival images that illustrate racial segregation, excerpts of films that unconsciously show the daily reality, and passages of Baldwin's interviews on television, the speech unfolds , relentless.

The voice-over reads an incomplete and unpublished work by the Afro-American writer, whose project was to write about three figures of the civil rights movement murdered before their 40th birthday: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. The film thus begins with the end and unfolds these three militant trajectories so important, so subversive, that they were stopped net, by three successive assassinations. History, translated by Baldwin's words, places the spectator and the spectator in the shoes of an African-American or an African-American of the 1960s, suffering in his flesh humiliations, accusations, suspicions, lynchings.

It is an important pedagogical work that Peck delivers here, for several reasons. First, because Baldwin's thought is articulated with television and cinematographic archives, which makes it possible to put words and images into perspective and to be all the more impressed by the relevance of some and the violence of others. But also because the film allows each and everyone to understand his own anger and seize Baldwin's sharp thought to arm himself in the battle of ideas and militant struggles.

Adèle (AL Montreuil) and Ben (AL Paris-Nord-Est)

Raoul Peck, I'm not your negro, 2016, 93 m n .

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