OFF THE COUCH PRESENTS: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Hosted by: Michele Baker, MD
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive 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 thirty completed pages of his manuscript
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words 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 these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Join us for this monthly screening of current films hosted by prominent members of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, followed by lively discussions. Come and interact with cinema and learn more about the psychological aspects that motivate plot, character, and even the directors of today’s films.
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In conjunction with the release of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO a panel discussion was held at The Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
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Renee Graham – associate editor and columnist, The Boston Globe
David Leeming – James Baldwin’s official biographer and personal secretary
D. Quentin Miller– Baldwin Scholar; English Department Chair, Suffolk University
Kim McLarin (moderator) – writer; professor, Emerson College; frequent contributor to WGBH’s Emmy Award Winning program, Basic Black