Spike Lee’s BLACKKKLANSMAN lays bare racial politics

10 Aug, 2018

Spike Lee (DO THE RIGHT THING (1989), MALCOLM X (1992), JUNGLE FEVER (1991), SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (1986)) ingenious director of “Do the Right Thing” (1989) and numerous other intellectually moving, socially impactful, as well as witty movies came to Cannes Film Festival this year with “Blackkklansman” (2018), another Spike Lee Joint, written and directed Lee. The film, which was granted the Grand Prix award, focuses on a real life story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, who successful infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan–almost rising to its top ranks of the local chapter. As an undercover cop, Stallworth, played by John David Washington (BALLERS (2015-2018)), the talented son of Denzel Washington, and his team of officers, fool the KKK into believing that they are aggressively racially prejudice white supremacists.

Blackkklansman red carpet 71th Cannes Film Festival with Spike Lee, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier | Photo by Paul Smith, Feature Flash

“Blackkklansman” red carpet at 71th Cannes Film Festival
with Spike Lee, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier
Photo by Paul Smith, Feature Flash

Also starring Adam Driver (STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017), PATERSON (2016)) as Flip Zimmerman, who continues to impress on screen and the beautiful and charming female lead, actress Laura Harrier (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)), as Patrice Dumas, who is the president of a Black Panther student group—the cast powerfully carries out Lee’s creative vision cleverly laying bare racial politics. The film was inspired by and a reaction to the recent racially-charged incident in Charlottesville where an innocent woman was innocently killed resulting in protests all over the country. “Blackkklansman” will be in theaters beginning August 10th on the anniversary of the Charlottesville tragedy.

Watch the “Blackkklansman” red carpet premiere at the 71th Cannes Film Festival from this past May 2018:

*Photos courtesy of Paul Smith/Feature Flash
Top feature photo: Spike Lee, wife Tonya Lewis Lee & children Satchel Lee & Jackson Lee leaving the gala screening for “BLACKKKLANSMAN” at the 71st Festival de Cannes, Cannes, France 14 May 2018

Red carpet video courtesy of OnePress TV

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Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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