TIFF ’16: Raoul Peck’s “Negro” wins doc award

The 41st edition of TIFF came to a close with Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro (pictured) picking up the People's Choice Doc Award.
September 19, 2016

The 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close on Sunday, Sept. 18, with Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro taking home the People’s Choice Documentary Award.

The doc is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, Remember This House, which chronicles the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Narrated by acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film (pictured) also looks at how the racial and economic inequality of the 1950s and 1960s has shaped attitudes about race in present day.

American sales house Magnolia Pictures most recently acquired the North American rights to I Am Not Your Negro. Paris-based distributor Wide House is representing the film’s international rights.

Fisher Stevens’ Leonardo DiCaprio-fronted environmental doc Before the Flood served as the second runner up, while Steve JamesABACUS: Small Enough To Jail  named first runner up.

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