365 Group to show iconic Spike Lee film
- Published: February 17, 2016
“Do the Right Thing,” the now iconic 1989 film by writer/director Spike Lee, will be shown this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Little Art Theatre. A discussion following the film will be moderated by Basim Blunt.
The film, which was sparked by real life racial tensions following the police shooting of a black man in a Brooklyn neighborhood, follows life in a similar neighborhood on the hottest day of the year as tensions between blacks and whites rise, then culminate in a violent outburst.
While some critics worried when the film was released that it could incite race riots, others praised it for its even handed look at the complex reality of racial unrest.
Lee had done “almost the impossible,” according to the late critic Roger Ebert, in “making a movie about race in America that empathized with all the participants.”
The film is part of a series of four films sponsored by the 365 Group and the Yellow Springs Young People of Color aimed at honoring Black History month. Next week the fourth and final film, “Stormy Weather,” will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Little Art.
See the Feb. 18 News for a more detailed story.