In 1979, James Baldwin set out to write Remember This House, a personal account of his friends, the slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He never made it past page 30. Decades later, filmmaker Raoul Peck completes the journey. Relying on Baldwin's words, and eschewing talking heads, Peck has created a searing portrait of these men, including Baldwin, and of an America unwilling to confront the issues of race and racism that Baldwin pursued with uncompromising vigilance.
Peck, the Haitian/French director of films including Lumumba; Somewhere in April; and Fatal Assistance, masterfully pieces together a mosaic of archival footage, talk shows, scenes from movies and original material, including clips from current civil rights protests. A penetrating, haunting Samuel L. Jackson delivers Baldwin's words in a powerful voiceover. But it is Baldwin himself whom we hear most clearly, speaking eloquently and truthfully, and with a tragic, timely relevance that perhaps only he could anticipate.
"One of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made." Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
Winner: Audience Award Best Documentary, Chicago, Hamptons, Philadelphia and Toronto
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Awards:||People's Choice Documentary Award, TIFF; Audience Award for Best Documentary, Hamptons|
|Producers:||Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck|
|Principal Cast:||Narrator: Samuel L. Jackson|
|Cinematographers:||Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross|
|Screenwriter:||James Baldwin, Raoul Peck|
|International Sales Company:||Wide House|