Fresno State’s CineCulture film series and Fresno Filmworks present two screenings of the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Tower Theatre (815 E. Olive Ave.).
“I Am Not Your Negro” is a powerful reinvention of civil rights activist James Baldwin’s unfinished book “Remember This House.” Baldwin’s book was to be a powerful look at the lives, and ultimate deaths, of his good friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The film brings Baldwin’s manuscript to life, using his own words and explorations on the racial narrative of America, with images, sounds and music from both the past and present. “I Am Not Your Negro” masterfully provides a contemporary link between the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and the present social justice movement of #BlackLivesMatter.
After the early screening, a trio of panelists from Fresno State will lead a discussion: Thomas-Whit Ellis, Melissa Harris, and Dr. Francine Oputa. Ellis is a professor and theatrical director in the Department of Theatre Arts; Harris is a graduate student in the Department of Communication; and Oputa is the director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.
From Haitian director and social activist Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “I Am Not Your Negro” is rated PG-13 and an hour and 35 minutes long.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Visit http://FresnoFilmworks.org for full details. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CineCulture website. See original press release.