James Baldwin and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro wins 2018 BAFTA for Best Documentary


I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck's acclaimed film and book based on an unfinished James Baldwin project, has been named Best Documentary at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film is based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King.

The film brings together Baldwin’s deeply personal notes for the project with his public statements and interviews to create a radical, powerful and poetic work on race in the United States – then, and today.

Watch the trailer below:

The complete script of the film was published by Penguin Classics, and includes more than 40 black-and-white images from the film. Both the film and the book received critical acclaim upon release, with Rolling Stone noting the contemporal relevance of Baldwin's work, stating "I Am Not Your Negro turns James Baldwin into a prophet."

James Baldwin's Dark Days will be featured in Penguin Press' upcoming Penguin Modern series, released on Thursday 22 February. The series consists of 50 books from essential modern writers priced at £1 each, celebrating the ground-breaking authors who define the radical spirit of Penguin Modern Classics.

Meanwhile, Darkest Hour, based on the bestselling Anthony McCarten book of the same name (published by Viking) won two awards, including Best Actor for Gary Oldman's celebrated performance as Winston Churchill.

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