NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer today announced the latest addition to the “Characters Unite Film Series,” which is designed to, as the press release states, increase awareness of social injustice and encourage greater progress.”
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 1 at 7/6c, USA Network will air Spike Lee’s incendiary “Do The Right Thing,” with limited commercial interruptions, to commemorate the film’s 25-year anniversary. The broadcast will also feature a “new, personal” introduction by the film’s lead actress, Rosie Perez.
“‘Do the Right Thing’ is one of those rare films that’s as provocative cinematically as it is socially,” said Ms. Hammer. “Spike Lee brilliantly applies his innovative visual and storytelling techniques to an exploration of race relations as resonant today as it was twenty-five years ago.”
The film was deemed culturally significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, 1 of just 5 films to have this honor in their first year of eligibility.
“Do The Right Thing” is the seventh film in the successful “Characters Unite Film Series,” which launched in April 2012 with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an introduction by President Barack Obama. Additional films in the series have included “The Color Purple,” with an introduction by the film’s star Whoopi Goldberg, “Milk,” with an introduction by Neil Patrick Harris, “Schindler’s List,” featuring an introduction by the film’s director Steven Spielberg, “In The Heat of the Night,” with an introduction by the film’s music composer Quincy Jones, and “Philadelphia,” featuring an introduction by President Bill Clinton.
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