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#EUFF2018: Why You NEED to Watch ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ this Weekend

"If you stick a knife into my back 9 inches pull it out 6 inches, there's no progress...Progress is healing the wound that the blow made."

 

I Am Not Your Negro produced by former Haitian Minister and Political Activist Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson completes what in 1979, African American Writer and Social commentator James Baldwin wrote as a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.”

The book was to be an account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

At a time of racial intolerance politely referred to as unrest, I Am Not Your Negro though aggressively referred to as an ‘American Story’ (rightfully so), is in my opinion not only a story of blackness but dare I stretch one of Africanness too. A reflection on history repeating itself in the likeliest of places, race is no longer a subject that can be ignored but one whose origins must be understood.

South African legend Bra Hugh Masekela once said, “you don’t know where going if you don’t know your past.”

We recommend you watch this multi-accoladed piece.

The EU Film Festival is five days of 11 European blockbusters, this is the second edition on from the 15 to 19 May 2018 at Theatre in the Park. I Am Not Your Negro shows this weekend on Saturday at the Theatre in the Park at 6 PM, Harare. Access is free.

Have a look at the other movies showing:

FRIDAY MAY 18

EU Film Festival Day 4: Octav (Romania)
18:00 HRS

Mother knows best (Portugal)
20:00 HRS


SATURDAY 19 MAY

EU Film Festival Final Day: Leaving Africa (Finland)
16:30
I am not your Negro (France)
18:00HRS

EU Film Festival Day Closing Movie: The Journey (Ireland)
20:00HRS

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