Directed by : Terence Dixon, writing credits : Terence Dixon, cinematography by : Jack Hazan, film editing by : Richard Key, cast : James Baldwin, (1970), 26mn.
During the 1960's the African - American writer James Baldwin involves himself a lot near Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King into the fight against racism. After the assassination of his three friends by extremists he decides to leave the United - States for staying in the South of France in the city of Saint - Paul - de - Vence. This period of time will be very productive. There James Baldwin writes the November 19, 1969 his famous "Open letter to my sister Angela Y. Davis" who will be printed inside the New - York book of review the January 7, 1971. Inside this letter he brings his support to the young activist trying to help his boyfriend escaping from prison and prosecuted by the American justice. Baldwin makes also some grieviances to the White America for his attitude against racism. This short movie highlighted at the New - York Festival 2020 show us James Baldwin inside the intellectual background he knows well. The shootings happen near the famous Bastille square or into the Beauford Delaney studio. In front of the camera James Baldwin alternates deep sentences, passionating speeches pounctuated by laughings.