Documentary, directed by : Raoul Peck, writing credits : James Baldwin, Raoul Peck, cast : Samuel L Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Willie Bart, Marlon Brando, Ray Charles, Gary Cooper, Tony Curtis, ..., produced by : Joëlle Bertorsa, Rémi Greilety, Herbert Peck, Raoul Peck, Patrick Quinet, Audrey Rosenberg, Amy Shatsky Combrill, cinematography : Henri Adebonajo, Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, music by : Alexeï Aigui, 93 mn, (2016).
The "I'm not your negro" movie finds his origin inside a novel written by the African - American writer James Baldwin in 1979 when the black cause knew bad times with the election of Ronald Reagan at the presidency and the increasing of crack inside the ghettos. The novel named "Remember this house" deals with the story of three main characters of the civil rights movement Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King killed in 1963, 1965 and 1968. The James Baldwin style distinguishes itself with those of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Malcolm X is an orator and Martin Luther King pronounces inflamed sermons. James Baldwin prefers to advance precise arguments with a fluent voice who destabilizes his opponents.
James Baldwin analyses the racism in the United - States of America and shows that it has deep roots we can find inside the contract where the American society is built. Behind the innocence of the American psyche the founding fathers and their descendants had imagined and built a negative African - American personality. This negative personality has been amplified with the beginning of the cinema and movie like "the birth of a nation". This dehumanization can also be find during the 1950's. The TV reporting and the pictures show African - American bitten with sticks by the police and White actors living in happy universes. James Baldwin thinks that the American society has no soul and is ready to fall in love with the first populist leader.