Do the Right Thing: Film Guide
Black History Month, 1 Oct - 1 Nov
A film guide that looks at Do the Right Thing (1989), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Thu 06 Feb 2020
09:45 - 12:30
107 Kingsland High St Dalston,
WHAT: Into Film is proud to present a free educational screening of Do the Right Thing as part of the Spring Screenings: Changing Times programme. At a time of remarkable change around attitudes towards the environment, technology, politics, and identity, particularly for young people, this film will open up discussion around some of these themes, utilising the remarkable power of cinema to deepen learning as well as provoke conversation and debate. The screening will be preceded by a short compilation of archive film on the theme, special schools' edit provided by Yorkshire Film Archive. The screening will be preceded by a short compilation of archive film on the theme, special schools’ edit provided by Yorkshire Film Archive and will be followed by a talk.
About the talk:
Do The Right Thing, the masterpiece of Oscar winner Spike Lee, might just be one of the most important films of all time. But after 30 years, why is the film as relevant as ever? Anthony Andrews from We Are Parable explores some of the themes in this timeless story of racial tensions, gentrification and the uneasy balance between Black communities and the police.
WHEN: Thursday 6 February, 09.45am - 12.30pm (the event will start promptly at 10am)
WHERE: Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB. There is easy public transport access to the venue and the ground floor is fully accessible. Please do not bring your own food to the venue, the café will be open.
Certificate: 15 - BBFC. Into Film recommends this film is engaging for ages 16+
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Do the Right Thing
This essential piece of cinema captures Brooklyn at a time when it was predominantly home to communities of African-American, Latin American and Italian families, amongst others. Spike Lee stars as Mookie, a young man working at an Italian pizzeria who is struggling to earn enough to support his girlfriend and their child but lacks ambition. Frustrated by his boss Sal’s son, who makes racist remarks about the black people in the neighbourhood, and the fact a ‘wall of fame’ in the pizzeria does not include any black stars, Mookie and friends demand for them to change it. When Sal refuses, tensions begin to rise, escalating into a shocking conflict that affects the whole neighbourhood. Although it’s a quintessential 80s film, it offers a timeless exploration on gentrification, racism in American and inner-city communities.
Strong language, racist language, nudity, strong violence.