Raoul Peck: acclaimed Haitian filmmaker and a political activist. His new film is The Young Karl Marx. His documentary I Am Not Your Negro just won the top documentary prize at the British Academy Film Awards, or BAFTA, on Sunday. It was also nominated for an Oscar in 2017. His previous films include Lumumba: Death of a Prophet, as well as Haiti: The Silence of the Dogs. Peck also briefly served as Haiti’s culture minister in the 1990s.
World-famous filmmaker Raoul Peck is releasing a film today (February 23, 2018) in Los Angeles and New York on the life and times of Karl Marx. It’s called “The Young Karl Marx.” The film’s release comes as the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, broke his silence after last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, attacking gun control advocates as communists in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. We speak with acclaimed Haitian filmmaker and political activist Raoul Peck about his new film and the role of Marxism in organizing for gun reform.