Three Lives: Classics of Contemporary African American Cinema

November 5–December 1, 2016

Spanning several decades and employing radically different cinematic styles, three films revolving around the daily lives of young black men: Do the Right Thing, Killer of Sheep, Fruitvale Station.

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  • Killer of Sheep

  • Do The Right Thing

  • Fruitvale Station

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Past Films

  • Fruitvale Station

    • Thursday, December 1 7 PM
    Ryan Coogler
    United States, 2013

    Introduced by Aya de Leon.
    The real-life killing of Oscar Grant by a police officer at an Oakland BART station provides the backstory of this moving look at the last twenty-four hours of Grant’s life. Michael B. Jordan stars in this “acutely political work” (
    Sight & Sound).



  • Killer of Sheep

    • Thursday, November 10 7 PM
    Charles Burnett
    United States, 1977

    Introduced by Stephen Best.
    Charles Burnett’s poetic evocation of working-class Watts, “a great—the greatest—cinematic tone poem of American urban life” (
    New York).


  • Do the Right Thing

    • Saturday, November 5 8 PM
    Spike Lee
    United States, 1989

    Spike Lee’s frequently hilarious but hard-hitting drama charts mounting racial tensions on a hot summer day in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. “The funniest, most stylized, most visceral New York street scene this side of Scorseseland” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).