Do The Right Thing (Registered Schools Only)

Set during the hottest day of the year in New York City, Do The Right Thing depicts the tensions intensifying around a pizza joint in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) neighborhood. Inspired by racially charged incidents such as the 1983 police beating and subsequent death of graffiti artist Michael Stewart and the 1986 assault of three black men in Howard Beach, Queens, the film takes place over a 24-hour period of sweltering heat, following the protagonist Mookie (Lee), a black pizza delivery man, as he navigates through the neighborhood’s racial, generational, and class conflicts. Moving between the private sphere of apartments and bedrooms to the public sphere of street corners and crowded public sidewalks, the film offers a nuanced portrayal of the different attitudes, personalities, and desires that can clash within the urban space.


Thursday 6:00AM
23 Jan 2014

Long Island University’s Spike Lee Screening Room

75 Dekalb Avenue

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