“staggering…the year’s most essential film” by Jason Bailey in Flavorwire, will air on Independent Lens next season.
Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck was awarded Human Rights Watch’s Nestor Almendros Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award, and his film Lumumba: Death of a Prophet was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2002.
This makes eight Academy Award nominations for Independent Lens films: The Invisible War and How to Survive a Plague in 2013; Hell and Back Again (2012); Waste Land (2011); Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006); The Weather Underground (2004); and the short documentary Why Can’t We Be a Family Again? (2002).
“We are exceptionally proud to have funded I Am Not Your Negro four years ago when Raoul began active production on his masterpiece,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer, who worked with Peck throughout the making of his film. “He has given us a completely original film that brings James Baldwin’s words to life.”
Watch the trailer for I Am Not Your Negro below, and please join us in congratulating Raoul on this amazing achievement.