Spike Lee's powerful short new film about Black Lives Matter

Carla Harmon
June 2, 2020

Over the weekend, he spoke out about Floyd's murder by releasing a short film called 3 Brothers on Twitter.

His death, and USA authorities' subsequent response has prompted protests and unrest across America, with Lee adding his own voice on Sunday by debuting a short film, 3 Brothers, on a CNN special news report, hosted by Don Lemon. Lee uses the scene from "Do the Right Thing" in which Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) is strangled to death by white police officers.

Garner died in 2014 after being arrested in Staten Island, New York, and the officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo, was not charged.

The film then cuts to a scene from Do The Right Thing, where Radio Raheem gets into a fight at Sal's Pizzeria that spills out into the street. "But the attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go". The film intercuts between the alarming similarities between his work of fiction and the deaths of not only Floyd, but also Eric Garner, who was famously killed by police in NY in 2014.

The final shots show Radio Raheem's dead body being hauled away by cops, while Floyd is being put on a stretcher while another cop aggressively tells bystanders to get back as bystanders say, "You really just killed that man" as the short comes to an end.

"That's why I'm wearing this shirt", Lee said referring to his "1619" shirt, which marks the year slavery started in America. "I am not condoning all this other stuff but I understand why people are doing what they are doing". Lee said. "This is history again and again and again ..."

Lee introduced the short film during an appearance on Don Lemon's CNN program.

Speaking to Don, the BlacKkKlansman director, who was wearing a T-shirt carrying the date 1619, generally thought to be the year the first indentured labourers arrived in the state of Virginia, said the US was founded on the deaths of black people - and protesters, even those who have turned to rioting, are merely demanding justice.

History: 'This is history again, and again and again.

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