Envisioning the book that James Baldwin never finished, Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter in a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America.
Using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, the film provides Baldwin’s personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Raoul Peck’s incendiary documentary connects the past and journeys into black history to connect to present day to question black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of three extraordinary leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what American stands for.
In partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up, AETN is proud to bring “I Am Not Your Negro” to three free screenings in Arkansas, followed by opportunities for discussion ahead of its broadcast on “Independent Lens” on Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m.
Free screening opportunities will be available at Fayetteville Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m.; the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.; and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St.
A free screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” will begin at 2 p.m.
A panel discussion with Dr. John Colbert, Fayetteville Public Schools associate superintendent for support services; Dr. Pearl Dowe, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences associate professor and department chair of political science; Dr. Caree Banton, J. William Fulbright College assistant professor of history; and Angela Mosley Monts, University of Arkansas director of alumni constituent relations will follow. Dr. Calvin White Jr., J. William Fulbright College chair and associate professor of African studies, African American studies and history will moderate.
The panel discussion will be streamed live at livestream.com/faylib.
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff
A free screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” will begin at 1 p.m.
Immediately following the film, a panel discussion with John Kirk, director for the UALR Anderson Institute for Race and Ethnicity; Rep. Vivian Flowers; and Dr. John Foster, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff associate professor of sociology will be held. Gabe Mayhan, director of the AETN documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” will moderate.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
A free screening of I Am Not Your Negro” will begin at 2 p.m. A community conversation and Q&A opportunity will follow the film.
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018