Dir: Spike Lee, 2018, USA, 128 mins, Cert: 15
Fri 21 September // 20:00 *
Sun 23 September // 20:00
Tue 25 September // 18:15
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession / * cheap night)
It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: pose as a racist extremist to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. With the aid of colleague Flip Zimmerman, who poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings, the two team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Lee’s astuteness as a filmmaker allows him to deliver a very serious subject matter with humour. Blending clips and stories from history to pack a powerful punch BlacKkKlansman serves as a reminder for the current racial divide in Trump’s America.