The highly acclaimed film I Am Not Your Negro will be screened in Omaha at 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 4 at The Union for Contemporary Art. An Oscar nominee for best documentary, the film examines race in America and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
This free event is presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with The Union. An informal discussion with refreshments will follow the film. Leading the discussion will be fiber artist Angela Drakeford, formerly of Omaha, whose work is inspired by the writings of James Baldwin.
The story begins in 1979 when James Baldwin writes a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which is to be a personalaccount of the lives and successive assassinations of three of Baldwin’s close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, only 30 pages of his manuscript were completed. Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished and includes rich archival material that connects the past civil rights movement to present-day issues.
“I Am Not Your Negro” is the first of five films to be screened in Omaha as part of NET’s 2018 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion series. For a complete schedule, visit netNebraska.org/engage#popup.