AFI offers free ‘Do The Right Thing’ and talk with Spike Lee




FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, director Spike Lee arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles. The American Film Institute is offering free rentals of “Do The Right Thing” all week and will host a discussion with Lee of the 1989 film about racism and a neighborhood in turmoil. The AFI says it’s partnering with Universal Pictures to offer the film from Monday through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Vudu and many other platforms. The Lee discussion will be held Thursday on AFI’s YouTube channel.

-Jordan Strauss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The American Film Institute announced Monday that it is offering free rentals of “Do The Right Thing” all week and will host a discussion of the 1989 film about racism, protests, police brutality and a New York neighborhood in turmoil with director Spike Lee.

The AFI says it’s partnering with Universal Pictures to offer the film for free from Monday through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Google, Redbox, Vudu and several other platforms.

The discussion with Lee will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT on the AFI YouTube channel.

The announcement does not directly mention recent nationwide protests brought on by the death of George Floyd, but AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement that the film “is a timeless and timely classic” and that Lee “has forever proven himself the voice for change that we need now more than ever.”

“Do The Right Thing,” which stars Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis and Danny Aiello, was nominated for two Academy Awards and is on the AFI’s list of 100 greatest films of all time.

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