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French Film Festival this weekend – 18-20 May

Commencing Friday night, the French Film Festival opens with a French Mini market at 6pm and the film screening at 7pm.

Sunday 20 May –  program update

The scheduled film Félicité cannot be shown due to courier issues.

In its place we will be screening ‘The Nile Hilton Incident’ which was scheduled to be shown on the 3 June. We anticipate screening ‘Félicité’ on the 3 June.

I am Not Your Negro (2016 USA)

May 27, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte
Genre: Documentary
Minutes: 93 mins

Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, it would be hard to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history. To call it a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate Raoul Peck’s achievement. It’s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmaker and his subject. The voice-over narration (read by Samuel L. Jackson) is entirely drawn from Baldwin’s work. Much of it comes from notes and letters written in the mid-1970s, when Baldwin was somewhat reluctantly sketching out a book, never to be completed, about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.