R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.
Sam makes a student film that is critical of what she sees as white people's widespread fear of Barack Obama and titles it "Rebirth of a Nation." This is a reference not only to D.W. Griffith's notoriously racist 1915 Civil War movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) but also to something that filmmaker Spike Lee experienced while he was a first-year student at NYU's graduate film school. After being required to watch Griffith's film and objecting to the fact that his professors taught it only as a milestone in the technical development of cinema with no attention paid to its racism and its legacy of helping to relaunch the KKK, Lee made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. "The Answer" so offended many of his NYU professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote.
Do you seriously think you can win?
Sam White: Troy, we live in a world where there's a Big Momma's House *3*. I don't think I have a chance in hell.
The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake.
The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax.
$347,959 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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