Toronto: James Baldwin Doc 'I Am Not Your Negro' Nabbed by Magnolia Pictures for North America

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'I Am Not Your Negro'

Raoul Peck's film is based on Baldwin's unfinished book, 'Remember This House.'

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

The documentary is based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, Remember This House. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro recounts the lives and successive assassinations of Baldwin's friends, including Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

"I Am Not Your Negro is a masterful work of art from a filmmaker that we've long admired. Raoul has taken the incandescent writings of James Baldwin and crafted a profound and indelible statement that couldn't be more timely or powerful," Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, said Thursday in a statement.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia co-executive vp Dori Begley and senior vp acquisitions John Von Thaden, with ICM Partners and Del Shaw acting on behalf of the filmmakers.

Wide House is representing international rights. ARTE France is a major financier of the film.