Visual Culture: The Best Caribbean Films of 2016

December 20, 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 โ€“ Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. Peck ingeniously and seamlessly connects the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to todayโ€™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 itโ€™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.