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Movie Night: Do the Right Thing!

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On the hottest day of the year in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders until it explodes into violence.

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Do the Right Thing is a classic. This 1989 American comedy-drama film was produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which culminates in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day.

The film was a critical and commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello's portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time. In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress, in its first year of eligibility, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

As with each of our Movie Nights, we will watch the movie together on Zoom, then discuss it for an hour. Anyone who has recently seen the film is welcome to join us for the discussion only, for the final hour. We recommend but do not require, that participants join a WRJI Opening Conversation About Race, if you have not participated in frank conversations about racism and its impact on people of color in this country. Please see our website at WRJI.org if you would like to register for an Opening Conversation or any other WRJI program.

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