Raoul Peck WITH A SCREENING OF I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Peck joins us in person for the inaugural World Cinema Masters in Conversation section at AFI FEST. He will sit down for an in-depth discussion with Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey at the festival's screening of Peck's thought-provoking documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.
ABOUT I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
James Baldwin's unfinished final book "Remember This House" was entrusted to Peck by the writer's estate. Drawing on this precious inheritance, Peck has crafted an incisive, elegant film essay that examines what it means to be black in America. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film links racial violence in the 1960s (the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., specifically) to current events surrounding the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, and is edited so that disturbing images spanning almost half a century find even more heightened power together. As a Haitian filmmaker, Peck is able to add an outsider's viewpoint to the proceedings, while also furthering the idea that the black experience transcends borders and national identities.
Raoul Peck's complex body of work includes THE MAN BY THE SHORE (1993), which competed at the Cannes Film Festival; LUMUMBA (2000), SOMETIMES IN APRIL (2005), MOLOCH TROPICAL (2009) and MURDER IN PACOT (2014), all of which premiered at top international festivals. His documentaries include LUMUMBA: DEATH OF A PROPHET (1990), DESOUNEN: DIALOGUE WITH DEATH (1994) and FATAL ASSISTANCE (2013). He served on the Cannes Jury in 2012, and is presently chairman of the French film school La Fémis. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award.