“Blackkklans­man”

Fo­cus Fea­tures

Variety - - Contenders -

The Spike Lee- di­rected film about po­lice of­fi­cer Ron Stall­worth’s in­fil­tra­tion of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s ends with a dis­turb­ing coda: Footage of the 2017 civil un­rest in Char­lottesville, Va. (and Pres­i­dent Trump’s state­ments on the mat­ter). Co-writer Kevin Will­mott re­minds that former KKK grand wizard David Duke (To­pher Grace) “is re­ally the one that started to bring those ex­treme kind of is­sues into the main­stream” by at­tempt­ing to speak at col­leges. Will­mott has writ­ten proof of the lat­ter; Duke sent him a let­ter ask­ing to speak on his col­lege cam­pus..

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