Spike Lee’s powerful drama about a black policeman who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan is based on Austin High School graduate Ron Stallworth’s memoir about an undercover investigation he conducted while with the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. Lee took some poetic license while turning it into taut, often-comedic drama about race and racism that he connects to contemporary events. A powerful cameo by actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte is deftly intercut with scenes from a KKK initiation. BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. El Pasoan Stallworth will be on hand for a one-year anniversary screening. He’ll be joined by producer Shaun Redick (whose wife, Yvette Yates, is from El Paso) and screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz.
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