Baldwin100 Film Resources have been curated specifically for George Mason but can be duplicated by other universities. A few of these films are easily available to view online through paid streaming services but many are not.
George Mason Libraries have the following films in our databases and we have Public Performance Rights so they can be shown on campus if there is no admission charged. Please stay tuned for dates when we will have a chance to watch these films together.
James Baldwin: Speech on Civil Rights
1968, 18 minutes
“This video shows James Baldwin giving a speech on civil rights to a group of students in London.”
James Baldwin - The Dream Unrealized
2020, 35 minutes
“Hub Theatre Group introduces “The Dream Unrealized”: the “James Baldwin Project,” a theatrical video project utilizing the text of Baldwin’s arguments and the experiences of young African Americans...”
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
1990, 87 minutes
“James Baldwin (1924-1987) was at once a major twentieth-century American author, a Civil Rights activist, and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront...”
I am not your Negro
2016, 94 minutes
“Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. An up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, this film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of BlackLivesMatter.”
The films below will be shown on April 18th.
Currently we are scheduled to film these following three films on April 18th in the Johnson Center Room B, with a screening at 1:30pm (From Another Place, Meeting the Man) and 3pm (Baldwin's N***)
James Baldwin Abroad series includes 3 films:
James Baldwin: From Another Place
1973, 12 minutes
“Sedat Pakay was a Turkish photographer and filmmaker who specialized in portraits of artists, including Andy Warhol, Gordon Parks, Mark Rothko, and many others. Shot in Istanbul - where Baldwin lived off and on throughout the 1960s - James Baldwin: From Another Place finds the author in a reflective mood, discussing his work, sexuality, and complex feelings about the United States. Preserved by the Yale Film Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.”
Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris
1970, 26 minutes
“Returning to Paris, where he first moved (or escaped to) in 1948, James Baldwin visits the Place de la Bastille in the company of white British filmmaker Terence Dixon to discuss the contradictory manner in which revolutions (French, Colonial, and Black American) are portrayed and considered. Sparring verbally with Dixon - to whom he could issue a knockout intellectual blow at any moment - Baldwin once again proves himself to be the great thinker of modern times. Picture and audio restoration by Mark Rance, Watchmaker Films, London.”
1968, 46 minutes
“In this riveting short documentary by pioneering Trinidadian-British filmmaker Horace Ové, James Baldwin and comedian-activist Dick Gregory speak to a group of radical West Indian students in London about everything from the state of the civil rights movement to the perils of false consciousness. The provocative title, drawn from Baldwin’s words, refers to one of the painful realities of Black American identity: that even his name conjures a history of slavery. Restoration courtesy of the British Film Institute.”
Note of thanks and acknowledgement:
These film resources are prepared by: Cindy Badilla-Melendez, GMU’s Music, Films Studies, and Media Librarian.
Initiative support and coordination: Anne Osterman, GMU Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.