From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
- What’s your favourite scene or line from BlacKkKlansman?
- What genre do you think this movie falls into?
- The film’s witty sarcasm threatens to downplay the dramatic tension, yet what does the comic undertone offer in the battle against hate?
- How does this film compare with Spike Lee’s other films (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues)?
- What do you think Lee’s goal was with this film? Did he succeed?
- The rise of rightwing extremism can cause us to be anxious and even panicky, yet extremism itself is caused by fear. How do we learn to break the cycle?
- What wisdom or scriptural story or proverb does the movie remind you of?