'I Am Not Your Negro' Coming To Omaha Jan. 4

News Release Date: 
December 19, 2017

For Immediate Release
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ To Screen In Omaha Jan. 4

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 19, 2017) – The highly acclaimed film “I Am Not Your Negro” will be screened in Omaha at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4 at The Union For Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. An Oscar nominee for best documentary, the film examines race in America and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

This free event is presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with The Union For Contemporary Art. An informal discussion with refreshments will follow the film. Leading the discussion will be fiber artist Angela Drakeford, formerly of Omaha, whose work is inspired by the writings of James Baldwin.

The story begins in 1979 when James Baldwin writes a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which is 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. Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished and includes rich archival material that connects the past civil rights movement to present-day issues.

“I Am Not Your Negro” is the first of five films to be screened in Omaha as part of NET’s 2018 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion series. For a complete schedule, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

For those unable to attend the screening, “I Am Not Your Negro” will premiere on NET at 10 p.m. CT,  Friday, Jan. 19 as part of the Independent Lens series on PBS. 

I Am Not Your Negro

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

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
NET is Nebraska's statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.

Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS Independent Lens series, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships.

The Union for Contemporary Art 
The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. We unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways through innovative arts programming and events. For more information, visit u-ca.org