Film Screenings + Talk

I'm not your Negro

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Saturday, November 21 – Monday, November 23, 2020

Cinema of the African Diaspora Film Series Film Screening + Talk I’m Not Your Negro

On November 23, and to conclude the three days of live streaming, Dagmawi Woubshet - Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English, and author of the forthcoming book Here Be Saints: James Baldwin’s Late-Style, Professor Dagmawi Woubshet, will be in conversation with Sataan Al-Hassan, Head of Programming, Publications and Research at The Africa Institute, to discuss the critically acclaimed film I’m Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, and its relevance in today’s anti-black racism protests taking place across the world.

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The film will be made available for audiences as a free livestream, via the Africa Institute website, between 21-23 November, 2020.

Synopsis
Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, read by Samuel L. Jackson and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Director: Raoul Peck
Switzerland, France, Belgium, USA
93 minutes
English with Arabic subtitles

Speakers
Dagmawi Woubshet Is the Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He works at the intersections of African-American, LGBTQ, and African studies, and is the author of The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (2015), and co-editor of Ethiopia: Literature, Art, & Culture (2010), a special issue of Callaloo. His essays have appeared in several publications, including Transition, The Atlantic, and NKA: A Journal of Contemporary African Art. In 2016, he curated Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show at the Modern Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is currently completing a book on James Baldwin’s late style.

Sataan Al Hassan
Head of Programming, Publications and Research at The Africa Institute. A research and media professional focused on things related to politics and culture. With ten years of work experience in advertising, marketing, cultural and research institutes, to develop multi-faceted projects from the ground up efficiently. Sataan has a BA majoring in Mass Communication and a minor in Film Studies from the American University of Sharjah and an MSc in Political Theory from the University of Edinburgh.


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