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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director Raoul Peck on Getting Inside James Baldwin’s Head

I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck speaks during The Hollywood Reporter’s Documentary Oscar Roundtable about making the documentary that examines and contextualizes author and civil rights activist James Baldwin’s words in today’s strife-ridden climate.

“The starting point of the movie are the words of a person, a great author, James Baldwin,” says Peck. My job was to put myself in the background and just be the messenger of those words. I knew those words since I was 15 years old. I knew how powerful they are. I knew that Baldwin is also a very controversial personality, and for me it was not about that, it was about his words and how important and impactful those words are today. I didn’t want any talking heads, I didn’t want anybody to interpret him, to speak for him. I wanted to be inside his head.”

Watch the Roundtable below and read more here.