Berlinale 2017 – Panorama Audience Award
LA Film Critics Award 2016
Philadelphia FF 2016 Best Documentary

“I want these three lives to bang against and reveal each other,” wrote James Baldwin. His urgent letters, here read with startling clarity by Samuel L. Jackson, provide the loose structure for this extraordinary film. It revisits the deaths of 3 civil rights activists: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, but it’s more than a requiem to a historical moment. While focused on the terror campaign against black leaders in the 1960s, the real subject is white supremacy. Peck draws on Gordon Parks’ colour photos, grainy newsreels and Hollywood films to tell the story of race in America. Ultimately, it’s Baldwin’s vivid personality and incisive analysis that carries this remarkable experiment in memory.

Nadine Cloete will moderate a discussion on civil rights/race relations in CT

Cape Town
V&A
Friday 02, 8.45pm + Q&A
Labia
Wed 7, 8.30pm
Sat 10, 8pm
Johannesburg
Rosebank
Fri 9, 8.45pm
Director(s):
Raoul Peck
Country:
France / USA
Year:
2017
Duration:
93 minutes
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