Irish Film Institute -DO THE RIGHT THING


Director: SPIKE LEE

120 minutes, U.S.A., 1989, Colour, 35mm

This film screened on Tuesday 25th August 2015. 

This screening will be introduced by Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Spike Lee’s portrayal of racial tensions that escalate one summer’s day in Brooklyn was made after the Howard Beach race clash and the death of Michael Stewart in police custody in the mid-‘80s. Lee plays Mookie, who delivers pizzas for Sal, an Italian-American who runs a restaurant in a predominantly black neighbourhood with his sons, one of whom refuses to curb his racist slurs. Hostility builds when pizzeria regular Buggin’ Out confronts Sal about the photos of only white men on his wall. As Radio Raheem provides a ‘Fight the Power’-blasting soundtrack from the boom-box he carries at all times, friction intensifies and events begin to spiral.

Join us to discuss this film in our free film club The Critical Take.

This screening is part of Anger is an Energy: Cinema of Protest, our season throughout August that features films – from a range of time periods and national cultures – that examine how some of cinema’s most creative and daring directors have tackled and responded to sociopolitical dissent.

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