Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ free to rent, includes discussion on race, change

Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ free to rent for limited time

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping across the country, Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing” will be offered for free rental this week to help advance the discussion of race and police brutality in America.

The movie will be available through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Google, Redbox, Vudu and other platforms for free streaming, The Associated Press reported.

Thursday night at 8 p.m. EDT, the American Film Institute will host a discussion with Lee on YouTube.

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AFI President Bob Gazzale said the film “is a timeless and timely classic,” but didn’t specifically mention protests spurred by the death of George Floyd. Gazzale also said Lee “has forever proven himself the voice for change that we need now more than ever.”

Do the Right Thing” was nominated for two Academy Awards after it’s 1989 release, including Best Original Screenplay for Lee and is listed on the 100 greatest films list compiled by AFI. It starred Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis and Danny Aiello.

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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/Invision/AP, File )
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/Invision/AP, File ) (Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)