I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

 Our World, Our Lives / Notre monde, nos vies: A Documentary Series


Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue


Online registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Merci !

With Hari Jones, curator and historian at the DuSable Museum of African American History • In English • Black History Month

I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck (2016, 95 min.)

An Academy Award nominee and the winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, this documentary is based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. With Samuel L. Jackson as narrator, the audience hears of Baldwin's intensely personal relationship with the civil rights leaders of his day. Raoul Peck is a Haitian filmmaker and a political activist usually working in French language. Maybe it takes an outsider to look into the legacy of a brilliant African American author and the modern American psyche.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Haitian Minister for Culture from 1995 to 1997 and now president of renown French film school La Femis, Raoul Peck has become one of the key figures in the debate about the African American history. An important part of his previous work is in French, such as Le jeune Karl Marx (2016) or Lumumba (2000). Raoul Peck was born in Haiti and raised in Congo. 

 Named after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who established the first trading post which would become known as Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans

Short film: Of a Few Days by Timothy Fryett (2016, 14 min., English)

This series is made possible in part thanks to the support of Reed, Centracchio & Associates and the in-kind contribution of Kobrand / Louis Jadot and the Sofitel Café des Architectes.


 Film Retrospective 2017-2018

 Our World, Our Lives / Notre monde, nos vies: A Documentary Series

At a time when alternative facts are all the rage, we return to cinéma-vérité and the documentary form at large to examine the world we live in and the people we live with.

Revisit works by seasoned French directors, such as New Wave's Agnès Varda, and discover some of the best of a booming new generation of filmmakers consistently singled out for praise by the international press.

Don't miss out on young Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short documentaries curated by the Chicago International Film Festival and presented prior to each feature. Join our guest speakers as they shed light on facts often stranger than fiction and become a critic during our post-screening discussions

Are you ready for reality?