The premise of Spike Lee’s latest sounds so outlandish, it’s crazy to think it’s true. But alas, it simply makes for a more enriching film, both artistically and educationally. Starring John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman follows a lone black police officer, Ron Stallworth, at the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 70s. Stallworth quickly makes waves in his new work environment, and not just because of the color of his skin. After discovering membership material about the Klu Klux Klan, the rookie cop makes a brave yet reckless choice to call the organization’s number and enters the white supremacist circle with help from his white voice. He’s faced with opposition from his team, but eventually gets apprehensive help from Adam Driver’s Flip, who poses as the white Ron Stallworth.
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It’s almost that time of the year again. Red carpets are being prepared, critics are gathering their caffeine tablets, and social media is beginning to buzz about the latest and greatest films from across the world. Cannes Film Festival has always marked the film calendar with ingenuity and controversy alike, and this year is no different. Dramas this year include a return of Nazi-sympathiser Lars von Trier to the lineup after a supposed seven year ban, a long and exhausting battle with Netflix (in which nobody really won), and a lack of female directors in competition (a dismal 14%). On the other hand, the 3 Days at Cannes programme will allow 1000 young cinephiles access to one of the most exclusive film events of the year, the competition jury is majority women, and Cannes’ very first Kenyan feature – discussed below – will compete in the Un Certain Regard section. One step forward, two steps back.
Regardless of all this, we’re excited because Cannes always means one thing: fantastic films. In preparation for the festival, we’ve put together a short list of those premieres that we’re most keen to see.
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