This is not my usual cozy Lazy Sunday fare, but it is one of the most riveting films I have seen. Raoul Peck’s 2017 film, I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary about writer James Baldwin, who died more than 30 years ago.
In his New York Times review, A.O. Scott called I Am Not Your Negro “thrilling.” It is revelatory, brilliant, and painfully bleak. All of the narration is in Baldwin’s words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson. Baldwin himself speaks in clips from television and lectures. He’s electrifying.
It’s an astonishing film. I can’t really recommend knitting to it, but you can’t knit to everything.
PBS broadcast I Am Not Your Negro recently as part of its Independent Lens series, so you can watch it on PBS Passport through January 30. The film also is streaming on Amazon Prime and iTunes.