My best discovery so far this year: a film that few have even heard of, a film like none I have ever seen.
Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. This documentary uses that unfinished text to create a visual essay on race in America. Samuel L. Jackson’s narration consists entirely of Baldwin’s words accompanied by striking photographs. There are many concise, powerful interviews with Malcom X, Evers, King and Baldwin.
Washington Post: “A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.”