A photo of writer James Baldwin, centre, in a scene from Raoul Peck's "I Am Not Your Negro."
Photo © Dan Budnik, courtesy of the Berlinale
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As author, poet and essayist James Baldwin started writing a book in the late 1960s exploring the lives of three black civil rights activists, little did he realize his examination of race relations would resonate so deeply in present day America.Baldwin also ponders how black men and women are perceived within America.Peck spent 10 years making his film. The documentary includes clips of Hollywood movies in which actors like John Wayne and Doris Day appear in leading roles as the hero, while black actors often played slaves, maids or sidekicks.
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