Dallas Society For Psychoanalytic Psychology Arts
Annual Fall Diversity Film Program & Discussion
The Shifting Experience of Black Lives in Texas
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
By Creator and Director Raoul Peck
Starring Samuel L Jackson as Narrator
Friday November 20th, 7 to 8:30 pm CST
Hosted by Angelica Tratter, Ph.D, and Jim Harris, PsyD
I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mid 1970’s. The film explores the history of racism in America through Baldwin’s memories and reminiscences of the lives and assassinations of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers. The film was nominated for numerous awards and won over a dozen national and international awards for Best Documentary. Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said: “The film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It’s an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.”
Attendees will be watching this highly praised and pertinent documentary on their owntime and we will gather via zoom Telehealth platform for the discussion of various aspects of the film and the chosen theme. Invited discussants will share their views and experiences. The term "shifting" in the title is meant to evoke multiple interpretations: What are the changes in race relations over the last decade or two? Any progress re systemic/structural racism versus individual racism? What was the impact of the recent police videos and subsequent protests and demonstrations? Do the publicized racial tensions as well as increased racial awareness have local effects in actual racial perceptions and interactions? How about interracial experiences with other ancestral groups such as Hispanic, South Asian, and East Asian? What should people of diverse racial/ancestral backgrounds better understand about Black people of African ancestral origin in order to help improve race relations?
In lieu of our customary potluck party, please join us with your favorite beverage for a toast in unison and a spirited, important, and engaging discussion. The documentary is available on Netflix or can be rented.
Our invited discussants are:
- Dr. Michael Lindsey, lawyer and clinical psychologist, adjunct professor and consultant to numerous judicial organizations invested in juvenile justice and reducing race disparities.
- Charlotte Moore, writer for CNN International and founder/executive director of the Black Bodies Project and MooreMedia, a social impact digital storytelling firm.
- Dr. Crystal Webster, assistant professor at UT San Antonio, Department of History, specializing in 19. Century African American history - women and Black children.
For more information see below and attached flyer (for more presenter info see second page).