Baldwin's Nigger

Horace Ové

In this black-and-white cinéma-vérité documentary, writer James Baldwin and comedian/activist Dick Gregory debate passionately in front of an overwhelmingly black British audience. The film shows something exceptional for that period: an uncensored conversation about the black experience, as if no white people were present. This open-hearted, almost intimate public debate tackles many important themes in the US and UK. With the majestic eloquence that characterises not only his literary style but also his speaking, Baldwin provides subtle and critical commentary on complex problematic issues such as race and colour. An insightful document that is still relevant in substance and urgency.
This debut by the Trinidad-born British filmmaker Horace Ové, chronicler of the black British experience and resistance to racism, is introduced by June Givanni, curator of the Pan-African Cinema Archive. Screens together with Twilight City.All Short films at IFFR 2017

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Filmmaker
Horace Ové
Country
United Kingdom
Year
1968
Medium
16mm
Length
48’
Language
English
Producer
Horace Ové
Production Company
Infilms
Sales
BFI British Film Institute
Cinematography
Gordon Cradock
Editor
John Broderick, Alexis Findon
Sound Design
Mike Colomb