Friday, February 1st
Celebrating African Peoples' History
the Right Thing (1989)
5:15PM @McLane 121
Director: Spike Lee . USA. 120 min.
English. Rated R.
An exposé of racial tensions in a New York City neighborhood one
scorching summer day. "Do The Right Thing was a cause celebre,
more breathlessly (and fearfully) awaited than any American film of
its time. Director Spike Lee appeared on the cover of Newsweek, and
Oprah and Nightline each devoted an entire show to the film. Behind
all the stories was the concern that the film would ignite the very
kind of violence it was made to deplore. As Ed Guerrero has noted,
this fear has straight-jacketed films of social criticism since the
turn of the last century."
Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University
In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the
United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the
National Film Registry.
Post-screening discussant: Dr. Meta Schettler (Asso. Professor,
promotes cultural awareness and addresses diversity issues through
film and post-screening discussion.
President: Roxanne Villaluz rock...@yahoo.com