Raoul Peck, director of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo Credit: © LYDIE / SIPA, all rights reserved.

Raoul Peck, director of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo Credit: © LYDIE / SIPA, all rights reserved.

The Raoul Peck-directed documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is receiving all the buzz in Hollywood. Narrated by Samuel Jackson, the doc has landed Peck a DGA nomination.

I Am Not Your Negro is based on published and unpublished writings of novelist, playwright, poet and essayist James Baldwin. It examines the past, present, and future of race in America. Peck unearthed Baldwin’s work because he is an “important voice and major writer of this country [that] needed to be known again.”

Baldwin’s younger sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, entrusted Peck with the manuscripts. “Baldwin desired to write about the three leaders of the Civil Rights [Movement]; Martin Luther King Jr, Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, he wanted to link those three lives and tell the story of America through their lives and subsequent decimation.”

Here, Peck provides insight on the film that links racial violence in the 1960s to today’s killings of unarmed Black men.

How did you end up with this project in your hands?
Baldwin has been part of my life for a very long time. I have been reading him since I was very young. He’s stayed with me all this time. He’s someone who helped me be the person I am today. I decided it was about time to bring him back to the forefront because people have started to forget about him. The new generation hardly knows anything about Baldwin.

The estate has given me total access to all his works, his books, his biography, and his published and unpublished material, private letters. I have a huge treasure trove.

How did you come up with the title, I Am Not Your Negro?
I edit the film and the original title was Remember This House, which was the title of Baldwin’s manuscript. The film is important and incredible and I needed a title that would say exactly what the film is in a very unapologetic manner. I played around with a line that Baldwin says in the film, “I am not a n—-r.”

How did you approach the film in the pre-production stage?
For me, it was the impossible film. I imposed a lot of rules on myself about who would read James Baldwin’s words. I didn’t want any talking heads explaining who James Baldwin was. I wanted the urgency to totally, directly confront with the words.

I had to invent the process of making the film — from how I would use the music and how I would conduct research [Baldwin’s bodies of work] to how I would shoot such events like Ferguson. It required teamwork.

Tell us about the soundtrack.
Alexei Aigui, a French and Russian composer whom I’ve worked with over the last 10 years, executed the film music. I needed to work with people who are close to me and could be patient with the process. It was the same with the archivist and the show effects. It is all the music that Baldwin loved and knew. There was a time in his life when he listened to Negro spiritual, jazz and blues music.

Why did you become a filmmaker?
I came to film because it allowed me to be engaged in society, trends and politics and to be critical. I make complicated films. I went to film school and learned how to make blockbuster films, but that was not my choice. I am Black and I felt my heritage was hardly on the screen. It was my duty to make sure our stories are being told. And, I want to see my father on the screen, my brother, [and] my children. I want to see my own story as well because it’s part of this country as well.

Peck’s past films include The Man By The Short, Lumumba, Sometimes in April, Moloch Tropical and Murder in Pacot.

I Am Not Your Negro will be in select theaters Feb. 3, 2017.

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  • Sol Rothstein

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    • Kandie J Mack

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      Whore?
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      Do the research..
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      So go ahead..take all our unwanted TRASH..
      WHITE TRASH ALWAYS SAY THAT BLACKS ARE GHETTO AND LOUD?

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      PUT A 20 YEAR OLD HONKY NEXT TO THE BLACK ONE.
      TRUST AND BELIEVE. .THAT HONKY WILL LOOK 40YRS OLD..

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      Stop plumping that ass up! That says a lot.
      Stop braiding that hair…that says a lot..

      But you are WEAK..AND MOST. OF ALL. YOU ARE JEALOUS… AND STUPID. SO IF
      YOU WANT THOSE COON ASS NIGGERS.THEN FINE.

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      • dick green

        ^^^ lol That is one angry negress. Black women are worthless. Not even niggers like black women.

        • Kandie J Mack

          You are destroyed and heroined the fuck out…
          Another hater…well I have plenty for you too..dummy.

          • dick green

            Awwwww sorry monkey woman, I don’t do drugs you WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH.

          • Kandie J Mack

            Yes you do..so dont be sorry…you are a sorry ass from birth..
            Fuck you pussy..ass trashy ass honky. ..broke down ass VANILLA APE..
            LMAO.

          • dick green

            My drug is hating niggers. Best drug there is. I don’t know if I’d be calling anyone trashy either. I hear your pussy stinks so bad if someone gives you head they pray for you to fart so it angels better for a minute.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You WISH…
            LMAO
            WHITE TRAILER TRASH MULE FACE MALE WHORE. .WE HATE YOU MORE..LOL.

            BYE..BYE!
            You can’t hang..so I will disregard your weak response.

          • dick green

            It doesn’t what you hate or how much. You have less value than a cockroach. Any ‘thought’ or emotion you have is irrelevant except for any comedy value it might have.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You look like a dog and BARK like a dog…
            THE WHITE WOMEN DONT WANT YOU EITHER ..THATS WHY THEY WANT OUR BLACK MEN..
            YOU ESPECIALLY CAN NOT SATISFY THEM..
            punk ass!! Trick.

          • dick green

            Most of the white women I know despise niggers. The ones who don’t are usually garbage so keep them. But since you bring it up why do your men prefer white women over you so much? Give up? Because even niggers don’t want to put up with smelly loud angry weave wearing stupid WORTHLESS BLACK BITCHES! LOL How you like me now Shenaynay?

          • Kandie J Mack

            Too bad..you missed the mark..
            White men can’t jump..fuck..suck are keep they trashy white women from crossing over the the MAGNIFICENT BLACK ALFA MALE..
            you loose dumb ass!
            Straight looser all the way around..
            You ducking loose..and without merit!!

          • dick green

            Ducking instead fucking …alfa instead of alpha.. God damn, you ARE stupid. I’m actually starting to feel sorry for you. Poor WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH.

          • Kandie J Mack

            THATS alright..DUMB ASS!!
            Just for your info..weak dumb SHIT..its called mistake..just like you were when you were born..
            Trust and believe you made more GRAMMATICAL errors then me..HOWEVER YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE SMARTER THEN BLACK..?
            Yeah right..that proves it.
            So go back and re read half of what you sent dummy..
            But dont bother correcting it. I already screen shot them so I could paste..in case you did.
            You too slow..too late and overrated.

          • dick green

            Just for your info…when you do that occasionally it’s called a mistake. When you do it every other word and have the writing ability of a drunk four year old it’s called being an uneducated WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH. You better stop for awhile. You’re getting angry and you know own what they say about YOU PEOPLE and your blood pressure. lol Stupid ass.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You LOVE TO SAY BLACK BITCH!
            DON’T YOU?
            I know it has an amazing effect on your ?. .LOL
            By now your dumb ass should now that. ..that Black bitch SHIT ..is out dated and doesn’t bother me.
            Stupid..dumb ass!
            Lmao..
            Smh

          • dick green

            Mmmmmm…do i? Well to be honest yes, yes I do. It has a nice ring to it don’t you agree you WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH?

          • dick green

            So when does your WORTHLESS BLACK BASTARD father get out prison? He’ll probably start making you suck his dick and fucking you in the ass again. I’m sure you’ll like that.

          • Kandie J Mack

            He..gets out When yours does!!! He went
            In for raping. Your trashy grandmother in the mouth…
            Your mom was raped by a ? and THATS why u have huge noses…all of you dumb fucks. .
            You are a pedophile…
            Like kids and probably can’t wait to stick your tiny infested dick in your child mouth..boy or girl..and I am sure you like both..you are a nasty cock hound. gay fuck

          • dick green

            Have you ever met your father? Be honest. He didn’t stick around did he?

          • dick green

            Don’t take that one too hard. Seriously. Most black men can’t get away from their kids fast enough. Plus they would have to hang around the WORTHLESS BLACK BITCHES that shit the nigger babies out so they really don’t want to do that. They usually just start chasing fat white women.

          • Kandie J Mack

            Besides you suck DICK BETTER THEN YOUR MOM DOES..

          • Kandie J Mack

            You left out words..ignorant. Dummy!

          • dick green

            Omg, you are priceless! Point out one mispelled word or use of grammar in that post. Just one. The fact you think there is one shows what an especially stupid WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH you are. If you can I will publish my real name and address on here, publicly apologise to you and never post on here again and write a check to the United WORTHLESS BLACK BASTARD Negro College Fund tomorrow morningI mean it, I’ll really do all that. lol God damn, you’re dumb. Even for a nigger.

          • Kandie J Mack

            I know thousands of BLACK MEN THAT WOULDN’T FUCK..THEM WITH YOUR WORTHLESS ASS DICK..
            white women gussies drip…all day and full of std’s. .
            I know this for sure..as I have said before. .u are desperate to be loved..by that nasty aging ass trailer trashy..let their men rape their children.
            But as you can see..they want BLACK MEN…NOT U..LOL

          • dick green

            Gussies? What’s a gussie. I don’t think you know what a fact is. Black women account for over half the new HIV infections. Gonorrhea and syphilis off the charts. That’s from the Center for Disease Control. Feel free to look it up.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You are a waste of WHITE SPACE…
            GO ERASE YOURSELF…you weak suicidal druggie. .

          • dick green

            I hate to disappoint you you WORTHLESS FECES COLORED SLAVE but you’ll be dead a looooonnnnnngggg before me. Statistically speaking.

          • Kandie J Mack

            Bitch..you know what its called..
            Auto Check..
            Dumb illiterate fuck!!
            I guess you are Cumming right now!! Since being on here going back and forth with a woman is all the time you have in your tired worthless lonely life.

          • dick green

            Actually, it’s called Auto Correct or Auto Spell you WORTHLESS RETARDED BLACK BITCH. Everything you say you get wrong and just look stupider. Aren’t you getting tired of this yet? I’m not but i don’t see how you aren’t. I bet people HATE having to be around you in real life don’t they?

          • Kandie J Mack

            AND I HEARD THAT WHITE DICK AND WHITE PUSSY SMELLS AND REEKS OF THAT OF 1000. DEAD BODIES. .
            THATS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS..that black men use white Womens mouth ..to SHIT and puss in.
            Because its a human toilet..three to four cooks in their mouths at one time…
            Because they can’t feel anything in their pussies…
            You are not liked and who cares what u think..

          • dick green

            Awwwwww you sound angry. Why don’t you go beat your kids? Probably make you feel better.

          • Kandie J Mack

            Weak fuck..repeating what I told you..because you are a brainless piece of SHIT..and no one likes you..lol

          • dick green

            Oh no, nobody lIles me, that makes me upset because this is junior high school. Lol Look at this WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH going crazy. Posting like crazy, that’s funny.

          • Kandie J Mack

            For somebody to spell check..you sure the FUCK CAN’T SPELL five letter words like .._likes..
            And their it is again..WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH..LOL..
            I MUST BE WORTH A BILLION TO YOU..cause you sure been going back and forth with me..
            Proves the point..
            I am worth a lot …smh lmao..

          • dick green

            No. No you’re not.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You are a mother fucking lie…bitch Dick sucking male cunt..albino. GREAT APE!!
            Lol

        • Kandie J Mack

          Yeah..Honky white men dont like white women either..THATS why they use…their ass. And as for you you mini dickless worn..fuck yourself in an alley..because no one like u either..Asshole.
          Yall are only good for a use tool…
          Lol

          • dick green

            Yeah, that didn’t make any sense. Is there another nigger there that didn’t drop out of pretend negro school in the third grade that could type for you? Or maybe you should try again when you run out of crack, that might help you WORTHLESS BLACK BITCH.

          • Kandie J Mack

            You fucking retard…
            You wish..I did crack..
            But you came out a crack/heroine ugly bug nose monster out of your mammy wound.
            LOL.lmao..because u ..Are…One…Dumb..Fuck.

      • dick green

        Lol This shitskin is off her psych meds.

        • Kandie J Mack

          Funny..how you can’t find your own things to say…you are a dumb founded follower…
          Saying SHIT that I have said.
          Wow…people we have one dumb honky on here…drum roll??
          And it goes to the one dummest. ..Missing (Dick Green)
          lol

  • Kandie J Mack

    You dumb ass…do you realize what u said…re-build black AMERICA!!
    To have a mix child does not…fully equal a full black person…can you say half…
    Which means the drink would be half STRENGTH. ..LOL

  • Kandie J Mack
  • Kandie J Mack

    You are so DEEPLY DISTURBED AND ANGRY..LMAO
    THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN COMES IN WONDERFUL ARRAYS OF COLORS..
    MOCHA
    caramel
    Light Brown
    Medium Brown
    High Yellow..but BLACK
    DARK CHOCOLATE
    ALMOND
    OLIVE
    and more…

    You trashy white WHORES STAND ALONE…ONE FUNKY WHITE LIFELESS COLOR.

    THIS REPLY ALONG WITH MY OTHERS IS ONLY FIR THE NEGATIVE WHITE*** America!!!

  • Kandie J Mack

    Awe..struck nerve?
    Yes I know..
    So tell me why they leave You trashy uninhabitable ass white cracker..mutherfuckers..for that sexy Black fine well built definitely well hung man??
    Now you say that white women that like black men is garbage…lol
    You Angry…
    And to answer your question to why they dont want black women.
    Guess what this are the desperate..needy weak black men.

    99% if the black men I know and knew..wouldn’t PISS ON THOSE GARBAGE PAIL ASS WHORES..AND YOU TOO..LOL

    but then again I know some that would PISS on you and them ass a pair!!
    And SHIT down yoUR KNECKs ..
    LOL