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Raoul Peck’s, 'I Am Not Your Negro,' Is a Must-Watch In the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder

Revisiting James Baldwin's writing from decades past, this documentary shows just how little the Black experience in the US has changed.

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's masterpiece, I Am Not Your Negro, was released in 2016, but is based on James Baldwin's last unpublished book, Remember This House. I am not Your Negro captures Baldwin's reflections on the assassinations of his three close friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, in the height of the civil rights movement. It also draws on Baldwin's lived experiences as a Black man in America who lived from 1924-1987 and his active writing career that spanned over four decades.

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'The Last Tree' Is a Complex Exploration of the Life of a Young, British-Nigerian Man

In 'The Last Tree,' a young Black man struggles to reconcile his identity as he moves from being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, to inner city London, and finally back to his country of origin, Nigeria.

The Last Tree, directed by British-Nigerian director, Shola Amoo, is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young Black man in London during the early 2000s. The film places the viewer in the perspective of Femi, as we grow and develop with him. This immersive experience allows the watcher to proverbially walk in Femi's footsteps and feel the force of a violent act or a tender moment.

In this interview with Shola Amoo, Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria discusses issues of identity, masculinity, spirituality among others for this film that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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'I Am Samuel' Is the Story of a Gay Kenyan Man Reconciling Family Duty & Identity

The documentary is an intimate portrait of an everyday Kenyan man whose love puts him at odds with society and family expectations—all set against the backdrop of a country that criminalizes homosexuality.

Jahëna Louisin’s Debut Short Film, ‘28 jours,’ is an Homage to Black Fatherhood

Troubled by portrayal of Black fathers in mainstream media, the Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker set out to make a film about loss and humanity.

Women Tell the Story of Ethiopia’s Red Terror In This New Documentary from Tamara Dawit

Finding Sally weaves history and mystery together in the quest to find a missing aunt.

'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

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