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New Escapist Column! On Spike Lee’s Cinema of Empathy and Allyship in “BlacKkKlansman” and “Da 5 Bloods”…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine this evening. There’s actually a glut of new releases this week, but the one that felt most deserving of attention was Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which is premiering on Netflix.

Early in his career, Lee developed a reputation as a filmmaker defined by his frustration with the way that things were, his films tapping into a real sense of righteous anger about the status quo. However, Lee’s films have always been defined by a strong sense of  understanding and compassion. This is true of both BlacKkKlansman and Da 5 Bloods, which are films that are largely about the need to come together and build coalitions in order to move forward. At their core, they are films about empathy and allyship. More than that, they are films about the power of cinema.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

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