I Am Not Your Negro: with panel hosted by Leeds Tidal

I am not your negro

When: Saturday 6th May from 15:00 to 18:30

Where: Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD.

What: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and rich archival material, to produce a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Following this screening on Saturday 6th May, Leeds Tidal will be hosting a discussion panel with accademics, writers and activists to discuss current race relations in light of the uncomfortable histories retold in the film.

Guest Speakers:

Professor Shirley Ann Tate – Leeds Beckett University

Professor Tate is a world-leading researcher in the areas of institutional racism and black identity. She will join Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education on Monday 3 April from the University of Leeds. Professor Shirley Anne Tate is Patron of Black British Academics, an independent organisation working proactively to enhance race equality across the higher education sector, and Editor of Emerald’s Critical Mixed Race Studies book series. She is also Visiting Professor and Research Fellow in the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa, and Research Associate in the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Sai Murray – writer, poet, spoken word artist, graphic designer of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage.

Sai was the lead writer on Virtual Migrants’ touring production Continent Chop Chop – a theatrical performance combining poetry, music and digital media that addressed issues of migration, racism, austerity and climate justice. He currently holds positions as: resident poet at Numbi; creative writing facilitator/mentor of The Write Stuff with mental health arts charity Artists in Mind; the arts and politics editor of Sable LitMag; artistic director of Scarf magazine; board member of Remember Oluwale and an organising member of PARCOE (the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe). He also works with selected grassroots community organisations through his artist/activist promotions agency, Liquorice Fish.

DIRECTOR: Raoul Peck
DETAILS: France/United States, 2017, 93mins, certificate TBC
DOC FEAT: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett
TICKETS: Normal ticket prices apply

Visit the Hyde Park Picture House website here.