Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro took home the top documentary prize at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (Feb. 18).
BAFTA winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by British actress Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Oscar-nominated doc is based on American author James Baldwin’s unfinished book Remember This House, which documents the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film connects the Civil Rights movement of the past with today’s current #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Peck’s film was up against Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, which documents the atrocities committed by ISIS in Syria. Also in the doc category was Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan’s Icarus, a film that looks at doping in sports. Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk’s climate-change focused An Inconvenient Sequel received a nod, as did Brett Morgan and Bryan Burk’s Jane.