Resilience and resistance in the films of Spike Lee


WSU celebrates Black History Month 2019

In celebration of Black History Month 2019, Winona State University’s (WSU) film studies program is collaborating with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity on a film series featuring director Spike Lee.

Spike Lee burst onto the filmmaking scene in the late 1980s with films that were provocative, funny, innovative, insightful, and challenging. His classic “Do the Right Thing,” regarded as one of the very best films of the 20th century, celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. His most recent film, “BlacKkKlansman,” returns to some of the same themes and methods — and acclaim — of his earliest work. Attendance for these and all films in the series is free and open to the public. Each program will provide context for the film’s content and avenues for further discussion. All films take place in the science laboratory center, room 120, at 7 p.m.

• Thursday, February 14, “BlacKkKlansman,” (2018): the recent critical hit based on the true story of the black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

• Monday, February 18, “Four Little Girls,” (1997): Lee’s compelling documentary about the terrorist bombing and resulting deaths of four young African-American girls at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

• Thursday, February 21, “Crooklyn,” (1994): Lee’s most autobiographical film — a richly-textured, familial comedy-drama set in the early 1970s.

• Monday, February 25, “Do the Right Thing,” (1989): the fierce, funny, powerful, tragic classic that made Spike Lee a household name in American culture and an important figure in American cinema.

• Thursday, February 28, “Inside Man,” (2006): Lee’s most commercial film, a tense heist thriller with an all-star cast of Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The series is presented by WSU’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity as a part of its Black History Month programming in cooperation with the film studies program and curated by students in film 440 with support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Integrated Wellness Center, the office of community engagement, and the departments of English, political science/public administration/ethnic studies, sociology/criminal justice/geography, music, history/legal studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.


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