MOVIES: Fiction - RaceDo the Right Thing
Directed by Spike Lee
Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece–maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing."
Directed by Anthony Fabian
A dark-skinned girl born to white South African parents attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid as her government, her parents, and society as a whole struggle with what it means to the black child of Caucasian descent in a nation deeply divided by race. The year is 1955. Sandra Laing has just been born to a pair of white Afrikaner parents, her brown skin and curly hair are the surprising result of genetic throwback. As the government's rigid apartheid system struggles with whether to classify Sanrda as white or black, the young girl and her parents gradually realize that the complications they face due to her appearance run deep and wide.