'I Am Not Your Negro' Coming To NET

News Release Date: 
January 8, 2018

For Immediate Release
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Coming To NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 8, 2018) – The highly acclaimed film “I Am Not Your Negro” will air on NET at 10 p.m. CT, Friday, Jan. 19. An Oscar nominee for best documentary, the film examines race in America and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

The story begins in 1979 when James Baldwin writes a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which was to be a personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of Baldwin’s close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.  At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, only 30 pages of his manuscript were completed. The film envisions the book Baldwin never finished and includes rich archival material examining race in America.

Another highly anticipated film coming to NET will be “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which will air at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25. This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in American history, culture and identity for more than 150 years. The film reveals the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, will be premiering additional documentaries as part of the “Independent Lens” series on PBS including:

  • “Unrest,” 10 p.m. CT, Sunday, Jan. 14 -- follows filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and others coping with this often-devastating condition.
  • “The Force,” 10 p.m. CT, Sunday, Jan. 28 -- goes deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising and an explosive scandal. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film spotlights the new chief at the very moment the Black Lives Matter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice in Oakland and across the nation.
  • “I Am Another You,” 10 p.m. CT, Sunday, Feb. 4 -- joins Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang and Dylan, a charismatic young homeless drifter who has left a comfortable home and loving family in Utah for a life of intentional homelessness and unfettered adventure in this mysterious cross-cultural road trip.
  • “Winnie,” 10 p.m. CT, Sunday, Feb. 11 -- a new portrait of Winnie Mandela which reveals the powerful South African freedom fighter struggling to bring down apartheid and the forces working against this contemporary female political figure.

James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro

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Contact: MJ Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
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