Spike Lee’s Cannes-winning latest is the powerful story of a black police officer undercover in the KKK.
Newly minted Ron Stallworth (David Washington) is Colorado Springs’ first African-American police detective. Itching to start working on a big case, he phones the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and – surprise, surprise – gets a call back from David Duke (Topher Grace), the KKK’s Grand Wizard, himself. Stallworth, over the phone and using his white Jewish colleague Flip (Adam Driver) as his avatar, grows more influential within the organisation, while secretly working to bring them down.
Spike Lee’s hugely enjoyable and politically timely film uses this unbelievable case to lift a lid on racism in America, both past and present. It’s frequently hilarious, particularly in highlighting the idiocy of the Klan, but never misses a moment to comment on racial inequality.
“This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute.” – STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, TIME MAGAZINE