***1/2 out of ****
(for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language, and brief nudity)
Released: Limited in 2016; wider release in February 2017
Runtime: 93 minutes
Directed by: Raoul Peck
Starring: James Baldwin, Dick Cavett, the voice of Samuel L. Jackson
This Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary takes the writings and speeches of James Baldwin, a Civil Rights era intellectual and speaker, sets them against a deep archive of 20th Century imagery, and forms a relevant contemplation on the racial divide of today. It’s a “personal screed filled with passion, lament, prophecy, and doubt.”
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