Free MLK Day showing of “I Am Not Your Negro” at Loft Cinema

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Free Admission

I Am Not Your Negro

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 5:00PM | FREE ADMISSION at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on the work of James Baldwin, author of If Beale Street Could Talk

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. (Dir. by Raoul Peck, 2016, USA, 95 mins., Rated PG-13) 

Thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club!

This free screening courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.”

https://loftcinema.org/film/i-am-not-your-negro-free-member-screening/




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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  1. About 200 people at this showing today, of this hard-hitting, graphic movie of the history of Blacks in America, with images of hollywood movies and the civil rights movement including Medger Evers, Malcolm X and MLK Jr. Baldwin was there along with those 3 friends of his, witnessing the violent racism occurring to Black Americans. And the point was made that this violence continues to today by the police in this country, esp. against black men. Seeing this movie will make you ashamed of our history and the treatment of Blacks, and we can only work and hope that the future will improve. It has in terms of some movie stars, athletes, but for the mass majority it has not. Baldwin was an educated, eloquent author & speaker on this subject, but didn’t feel safe or welcome living in America.

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