Presented by by Woburn Public Library
I Am Not Your Negro is as much a work of art as it an up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. James Baldwin died in 1987, leaving 30 pages of an unfinished manuscript behind. Filmmaker Raul Peck uses Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material to complete the story Baldwin started. Following the screening, we’ll be joined by two scholars to unpack the the themes and ideas presented in the film.
Tracy Heather Strain is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and producer. Her previous directing credits include episodes of miniseries “Unnatural Causes” and “I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts,” and episodes of PBS’ “American Experience” and “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” Strain is also the president and CEO of Boston-based media company The Film Posse, which she runs with her husband, Randall MacLowry. Her new film“Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”(which tells the story of artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry), premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival this past September.
D. Quentin Miller is professor and chair of English at Suffolk University, a James Baldwin Scholar, and a regular contributer to WBUR’s Ideas and Opinions blog, Cognoscenti. His most recent book (no out in paperback) is “A Criminal Power: James Baldwin and the Law.”
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Showcase Cinemas Woburn – 25 Middlesex Canal Park Drive, Woburn, MA 01801