The American director Spike Lee is going to be a biopic about the black an abolitionist and reformer Frederick Douglass. Reports that the American entertainmentsite Variety.
Basically it is a movie of “Frederick Douglass Now”, a eenmansvoorstelling of Roger Guenveur Smith. Spike Lee and Roger Guenveur Smith, have frequently collaborated with each other. Lee was already a Netflix special of an hour about “Rodney King”, a solo show of Guenveur Smith on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the riots in Los Angeles in 1992. Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor seen in a dozen movies of Lee.
Frederick Douglass was “one of the most extraordinary figures in American history,” according to Variety. He grew up as a slave and he taught himself to read and write. Later he became known as a pioneering feminist, editor, and politician who pleaded for the abolition of slavery to president Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglass lived from 1818 to 1895.
New Yorker Spike Lee is a figurehead of the African-American cinema. The entire ouevre of the 61-year-old director, with films like “Do the Right Thing” (1989), “Jungle Fever” (1991), “Malcolm X” (1992) and “25th Hour (2002) to his name, is aware of the racial contradictions in America, past and present.
It is also no coincidence that Spike Lee, his production company 4O Acres and a Mule Filmworks called, a reference to the never ingeloste promise that politicians did to freed slaves after the American civil War, namely, that they forty ears, and a donkey would get.
Currently plays of Spike Lee “BlacKkKlansman” in the cinema, a drama about the true story of an African-American undercover detective in the late seventies in the Klu Klux Klan infiltrated. “BlacKkKlansman”, an anti-Trump film, and was the youngest of the Cannes film festival awarded the Grand prize of the Jury.