U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro
Narrated by acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson, 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.
The film also looks at how the racial and economic inequality of the 1950s and 1960s has shaped attitudes about race in present day.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley, co-executive VP, and John Von Thaden, senior VP of acquisitions, with ICM Partners and Del Shaw on behalf of the filmmakers. Paris-based sales house Wide House is representing the film’s international rights.
“I Am Not Your Negro is a masterful work of art from a filmmaker that we’ve long admired,” Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures, said in a statement.
“Raoul has taken the incandescent writings of James Baldwin and crafted a profound and indelible statement that couldn’t be more timely or powerful.”
Photo: Filmmaker Raoul Peck