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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Swiss co-production on US racism wins César

An anti-integration rally in Little Rock, Arkansas

An anti-integration rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, taken from 'I Am Not Your Negro'

(Library of Congress/Magnolia Pictures)

“I Am Not Your Negro”, an examination of the history of racism in the United States, has won a César for best documentary film. It was co-produced by Close Up Films in Geneva and Swiss public television, RTS, part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. 

The filmexternal link is based on the unfinished memoir of African-American author James Baldwin and recounts his thoughts and the lives of his friends in the civil rights movement, including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. 

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Its success at the Césarsexternal link, the highest film awards in France, follows a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at last year’s Oscars and winning the BAFTA for Best Documentary. 

film trailer

Trailer of “I Am Not Your Negro”

The other works in Paris with Swiss participation went home empty-handed on Friday night. “Les Gardiennesexternal link”, a Swiss co-produced drama about female farmers during the First World War, had been nominated in four categories. Swiss-French actress Laetitia Dosch had also hoped to be named Best Female Newcomer for her starring role in “Jeune Femmeexternal link”.

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