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Jan 03 2017

Doc Corner: 'I Am Not Your Negro' is a Towering Achievement

InDoc Corner,Glenn Dunkslooks at current,future and past documentaries of note...

With new year resolutions no doubt already a distant memory (it's been three days!),it's probably time to remember that it is really hard for people to change.And I don't just mean quitting smoking.We can try all we want,but even those of us who consider ourselves ‘progressive' probably can't say with any real confidence that we're not set in our ways;the same person deep inside that we were a decade ago.And even if that isn't the case,as hard as it is to change just ourselves,just think how much harder it is to change the larger mass.And with a new President about to be inaugurated on the back of violent,blatant racism,it is sadly even more pertinent to remember this.

Now,these are not necessarily ideas that are at the forefront of Raoul Peck's superbI Am Not Your Negro,but as it was with13th,10 Bullets,3 ½ Minutes,O.J.: Made in Americaand many other documentaries about race,it is a recurring theme that bubbles to the surface as if by default.The more we think things are changing,the more they sadly stay the same.A film about race in the 1950s and 1960s is,sadly and inevitably,a film about race in the modern age for we are doomed to repeat the sins of the past no matter what we do...

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