Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” centers on race relations in America through the lens of an unfinished manuscript from writer James Baldwin. After a screening of the movie, UTEP professors Michael Williams and Marion Rohrleitner held a panel discussion contextualizing the film’s themes at Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Moderated by Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, an assistant professor at El Paso Community College, the panel dissected the film’s overarching themes and the ways Baldwin’s writings continue to shine a light on the issues of race and equality in America.
Williams, director of the African American Studies Department at UTEP, said the film is a must-see because it helps facilitate the ongoing discussion of race relations in America in a constructive and peaceful manner.
Rohrleitner, a noted Baldwin scholar and associate professor at the Department of English at UTEP, provided context before the film, highlighting the writer’s famed work, including “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Rohrleitner drew comparisons between “I Am Not Your Negro” and Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary, “13th.”
“I Am Not Your Negro” was directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film will continue to screen at the Alamo Drafthouse until Wednesday, March 1. For times and prices, visit drafthouse.com/el-paso.