Sleeping Negro

A superb character study of a Black man, how he sees himself and how he was treated by society, it is surreal yet real and terrifying.


The Sleeping Negro

The Sleeping Negro opens with James Baldwin’s quote “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in rage almost all the time.” It tells the story of a young Black man, simply identified as “Man,” who must resolve the personal meaning of his blackness when his white boss orders him to commit fraud to benefit the corporation. Struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame for complying with the demand, Man seeks consolation by discussing his unease with a Black former friend and his white fiancé. This does not go well.

"Remaining asleep to Myers as an African-American is a sin, but so is to be completely awake to the point where love for the self is all but embraced. In this impassioned, vigorous, lucid cinematic journey, the bleak, bruised-yet-fighting spirit of one Kendrick Lamar’s and every other prominent African artist strikes like lightning, and resonates like thunder." ~ LOUIE BAHAROM,
Not Rated
African-American Experience, Drama
Skinner Myers
Skinner Myers
Skinner Myers, Rae Dawn Chong, David Fumero, Julie McNiven, Tunde Adebimpe, Nican Robinson
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