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SFA's Friday Film Series to screen 'I Am Not Your Negro'

January 23, 2018 - Robbie Goodrich
James Baldwin in "I Am Not Your Negro," a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo: Bob Adelman, Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Written by James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck, and featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, "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, according to information at iamnotyournegrofilm.com.

Master filmmaker Peck envisions the book that Baldwin never finished, "Remember This House." The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and archival material.

The film questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this work by Baldwin and Peck "challenges the very definition of what America stands for," the website states.

"I Am Not Your Negro" was an Academy Award nominee for 2016 Best Documentary Feature. The film is rated PG-13 for violent images, thematic material, strong language and brief nudity.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.