UKJF: BlacKkKlansman

Cinema

Directed by Spike Lee| 2018 | USA | Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace | 128mins| Certificate 15

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of a black cop who, with the help of a Jewish colleague, successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman tells the astonishing true story of one of the riskiest undercover investigations in American history — an improbable early 1970s case in which African-American police detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Denzel’s son) applied for and was ultimately granted membership to the Ku Klux Klan.

Posing as a racist extremist over the telephone, Stallworth infiltrates the KKK’s inner circle, even communicating with David Duke himself (played with poisonous relish by Topher Grace), but has his Jewish colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) pretend to be him for face-to-face meetings – and in so doing, illustrates the profound absurdities at the heart of the group’s hateful ethos.

An unflinching examination of race relations in 1970s America, BlacKkKlansman is unfortunately still bracingly relevant; especially so given the troubling rise in white supremacist gatherings such as the deadly Charlottesville march (footage of which Lee incorporates here) – and the film also reads as a rebuke to the Trump administration’s at best inadequate, at worst actively racist response.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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