Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman gets six-minute standing ovation at Cannes

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman gets six-minute standing ovation at Cannes

Lee finished the film after the right-wing march in Charlottesville, Virginina, last summer but made a decision to end it with footage showing the murder of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester who was run down by white supremacist James Fields Jr.

At the premiere, he basked in a six-minute-long standing ovation and flashed the "Love" and "Hate" knuckle-dusters worn by Radio Raheem in his 1989 hit "Do the Right Thing" at the cameras.

At the press conference, Lee didn't limit his comments to just America, and went on to point firmly at the rest of the world, and his hopes that the film could serve as a wake up call to many. In the final moments of the film, the drama segues into real-life video from Charlottesville, culminating in the footage of white supremacist James Fields ploughing a vehicle into protesters, killing activist Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others. Susan Bro lost her daughter.

"I wanted the hate to be verbalized", he said. "Mrs. Bro said, 'Spike, I give you permission to put that in.' Once I got permission, I said, 'Fuck everybody else, that motherfucking scene is staying in the motherfucking movie.' Cuz that was a murder".

Lee's latest, a so-crazy-it-has-to-be-true bit of American history called BlacKkKlansman, dropped a fiery hot trailer last night at the very same time that it debuted at and then promptly blew the roof off Cannes Film Festival and looking at this preview, I can definitely see why!

"And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers".

Spike Lee has confirmed that footage of the murder of a Charlottesville protester has been put in his new movie BlacKkKlansman. The president should have said, Lee insisted, "that we're better than that".

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. We can't be silent. We're not Black, white and brown, it's everybody.

The film is set to release on August 10, 2018 and the release will collide with one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots which saw one woman die after a auto drove into a crowd during a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors.

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