From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.
The 7pm screening on Monday, August 20th will be followed by post-show discussion with Ms. Imani Bazzell (Community Organizer & Consultant), Kevin Hamilton (Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC), and Porshé Garner (Executive Director, The Art Theater/The Art Film Foundation).
It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world. (2018, Spike Lee, U.S., English, 135 min, R, DCP)
“It was history written with lightning. BlaKkKlansman is a deafening roll of the thunder we’ve been waiting for ever since.” — David Ehrlich, IndieWire
“Lee never takes his eye off the connecting thread between the events of 1978 and the present. The result is one of his most flat-out entertaining films in years, and also one of his most uncompromising.” — Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture
“As much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema.” — Peter Debruge, Variety