Tonight’s documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989) tells the story of the American writer and Civil Rights activist. His influence on the debate about the emancipation of Black Americans cannot be underestimated, nor can the quality of his literary work. “Without using narration, The Price of the Ticket allows Baldwin to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that 'all men are brothers.” The film tells the story of how James Baldwin realised the importance of telling what it was like growing up in Harlem in the 1930s, achieving national and international renown, and his retreats to Paris, Istanbul, France and Switzerland to work on his writings.
You can buy tickets for this film on the website of the Slachtstraat.
The biographical film about James Baldwin’s life includes interviews and fragments of his writings. Authors Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed and William Styron discuss his work and show how Baldwin’s oeuvre fits within the Afro-American literary tradition. The documentary places his books within the context of contemporary social debates about race, and show how his literary work relates to that context.
Stephan Sanders will introduce the film (in Dutch). Sanders is a great admirer of James Baldwin, and has illustrated the relevance of his work today in publications such as De Groene Amsterdammer.
The film lasts 87 minutes. The films are in English, without subtitles. The introduction is in Dutch.