2017 Academy Award Nominee—Best Documentary! “Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, you would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history”—A.O. Scott, New York Times. “The history of America is the history of the Negro in America. And it’s not a pretty picture.” These words were written by James Baldwin, the African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and fierce social critic …It’s unmissable and unforgettable. In archival footage, culled from Baldwin’s university speeches and guest spots on The Dick Cavett Show, we see the man himself, breathing eloquent fire. Samuel L. Jackson narrates in the author’s voice with supreme style and fluency, reducing his booming tones to suggest Baldwin’s hushed fervor. The clips contrast the horrific past with an ever-scarier present and illustrate how Baldwin’s words echo with equal urgency today—especially when the concept of #blacklivesmatter faces fresh peril”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. PG-13. 95 Min.
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