Spike Lee's ‘BlacKkKlansman' gets release date for Charlottesville anniversary

Spike Lee's upcoming movie opens in US theatres in August. — AFP pic
Spike Lee's upcoming movie opens in US theatres in August. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, April 11 — The American filmmaker is marking the first anniversary of the Charlottesville protests with the release of his latest movie BlacKkKlansman. John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace star in the film about a cop who goes undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Renowned filmmaker Spike Lee is also known for his political convictions. The director has chosen the first anniversary of the violent protests in Charlottesville to release his upcoming movie BlacKkKlansman. The film opens in US theatres August 10, 2018.

Based on Ron Stallworth's book Black Klansman, the film tells the true story of the author, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1978.

John David Washington (Ballers) plays the officer on the big screen, with Adam Driver playing his partner. The undercover operation allowed them to reach the highest circles of the white supremacist movement and to sabotage several of its plans. Laura Harrier and Topher Grace are also on the cast.

The release of BlacKkKlansman has symbolic timing. On August 12, 2017, white nationalists and counter-protestors clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia. Extreme right demonstrators gathered at an illegal rally to protest against the removal of a statue Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee, viewed as a supporter of slavery.

Anti-racist counter-demonstrators also gathered to protest against the openly racist gathering. Towards the end of the day, a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one woman and injuring several others. — AFP-Relaxnews

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