Described as “One of the best movie you are likely to see this year”by Manhola Dargis New York Times.
The American documentary based on writer social activist James Baldwin’s book “Remember this house” tells the story of race from a Civil Rights Movement era to the now #Blacklivesmatter movement.
James Baldwin was born in Harlem, New York in 1924. He had a troubled childhood coming from a poor family with an abusive stepfather, and finding out at 19 his sexual ambivalence. Famous for his insightful essays and novels on race, social issues, and spirituality; he is most known for his essays on the Black experience in the United States. At the age of 24, he decided to move to France and settle to Paris to distance himself from prejudice and see himself beyond an African American situation. He died at 63 leaving 30 completed pages of his manuscript titled “Remember This House,” where he intended to share his personal narrative of the lives and assassinations of his three close friends Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.
Directed by Raoul Peck a Haitian film maker, political activist, who also was Haiti’s minister of culture. Peck described Baldwin as one of the few author that he would call his own.
“Authors who were speaking of a world I knew, in which I was not just a footnote. They were telling stories describing history and defining structure and human relationships which matched what I was seeing around me. I could relate to them. You always need a Baldwin book by your side.” Raoul Peck
Raoul Peck has received multiple awards. He is also known for his other documentaries such as Lumumba or Sometimes in April…
The 93-minute documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
If you are in Washington, DC area the film will open at Regal Majestic Stadium 20 and Imax, and AMC Magic Johnson Capital center 12on Feb. 3.