Run time: 135 mins
Visionary filmmaker Spike Lee does battle with this formidable, and incredibly, a true tale of race relations and bigotry across the US Mid-West.
In 1972, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) was the first black detective in the Colorado Springs police department. Faced with (routine) discrimination and casual mistreatment from his peers, he is called upon to go undercover at a civil rights rally. Instead he somehow uses his position to investigate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Remotely and cautiously building a relationship with KKK ‘Grand Wizard’ David Duke through telephone conversations, Ron then recruits his Jewish partner Flip (Adam Driver) to impersonate him, meet and infiltrate the Klan in the (white) flesh. As the pair find themselves in an escalating grapple to counter the group’s shady activities, they must also challenge the indifference of their commanding officers and the surrounding community.
Blackkklansman walked away with the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year and will no doubt stand as a front runner when Oscar nominations roll around. Both timely and urgently vital, it is a film that deals with both the past and the present to thundering effect. (Research Chris Coetsee) Brilliant. Don’t miss.