It was shot in Istanbul, Turkey, where Baldwin was living and writing. In the film, the author talks about living abroad, the black experience in America, and his controversial private life.
The film captures Baldwin’s movements through the city streets and markets over a three-day period in 1970. In one interview, Baldwin says: “Watching people on the streets of Turkey and dealing with some of the people who I know here, one’s aware of the certain kind of uneasiness in them, in relation to the western world, a certain angle (anger?) to their relationship to it. Which echoes something in me … because of our own peculiar relationship to the west.”