It's outrageous how relevant writer and journalist James Baldwin's words dating back to the '50s, '60s and '70s are today. He's part of the conversation again thanks to one of the best documentaries of the year.
Job de Wit, Film and music ambassador
James Baldwin was writing a book about his three murdered friends: Malcolm X, Medgar Ewers and Martin Luther King jr. It was destined to be a revolutionary and personal book, but when Baldwin died in 1987, he had only written 30 pages. Director Raoul Peck decided to tell the story using film. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey through black history, which provides the contextual ties between the civil rights movement and #BlackLivesMatter. The film questions the way American society treats Afro-Americans.
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Job de Wit (1971) is a self-diagnosed sufferer of xenomania: the insatiable need to consume the unknown. And we couldn’t be happier about it, because Job has a keen eye for all things edgy, great, poppy and artistic.
Job has been working as a music journalist for decades. He worked at VPRO, was an editor for music magazine Oor, was editor-in-chief of State Magazine (hip hop) and DJBroadcast (dance) and wrote a book about the beginnings of dance in Holland, entitled Roxy and the house revolution. The past years has seen him delve deeper into film. Today he organises the recurring night Fullscreen in De Balie about video clips and writes about music in film for Cineville.
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