Visual Culture: The Best Caribbean Films of 2016

I am Not Your Negro, by filmmaker Raoul Peck (Haiti)


This documentary from Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck is an instant classic, and one of the best films of 2016. The film is a journey through Black history in the U.S., through the eyes of James Baldwin, as he copes with the death of three of his friends – Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. Peck ingeniously and seamlessly connects the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to today’s Black Lives Matters movement. Making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the audience award, and screening to sold-out audiences at the festivals it’s played in since then, I am Not Your Negro is currently in an Oscar-qualifying run. It will be released theatrically nationwide, in February 2017.