Black Cinema Series - Do The Right Thing

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Black Cinema Series - Do The Right Thing

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




In a 1991 interview, director Spike Lee said, “I don’t think my films are going to get rid of racism or prejudice. I think the best thing my films can do is provoke discussion.” To celebrate Black History Month, the Humanities Center presents a series of weekly film screenings. Introduced by faculty members from various departments, the films span decades, beginning in the 1970s and ending with contemporary cinema. Following each screening is a brief discussion of the films, the issues that they raise and their lasting significance.

About the Film

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Directed by Spike Lee

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

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