Spike Lee has featured Jewish-American characters before in his films. They are usually depicted as greedy manipulators like the jazz club owner in “Mo’ Better Blues,” or weaklings with faulty moral compasses like Christopher Plummer in “Inside Man.” But in his latest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” John David Washington and Adam Driver play a black-Jewish team of undercover cops working in early-1970s Colorado Springs to expose a nascent but dangerous chapter of the Klan. Based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in the CSPD, the film is smart, often quite funny, and it catches the bantering tone of the all-male world of police work in the period, neither idealizing nor demonizing the cops. There are a few particularly heartfelt exchanges between Washington and Driver touching on the complexities of personal identity in a pluralist society — are they African-American, Jewish-American, policemen or some hybrid? — George Robinson, The Jewish Week

Screening followed by Q+A with the director Spike Lee.

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.

Nike Odyssey React


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:45pm


Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023




$15; $12 Member

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