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"Do the Right Thing" Screening and Panel

  • Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Boulevard Saint Louis, MO, 63112 United States (map)

Cinema St. Louis presents a free screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" as part of the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, whose theme in 2015 is "Community Vitality and Viability." In the film, the hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in a vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.

A post-screening panel discusses "Do the Right Thing's" status as a film and explores its continuing relevance in light of recent events, both in Ferguson and throughout the country. Kenya Vaughn from the St. Louis American moderates; participants include Sowande' Mustakeem, Washington University assistant professor in the Department of History and in African and African American Studies; St. Louis native Tiffany Shawn, an educator, social-justice activist, and writer for several publications, including the St. Louis American; and Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch critic, who writes on film, jazz, and dance.