(c) 1988

School Daze

Monday, July 23

Robert O’Hara presents:
SCHOOL DAZE (Spike Lee, 1988)

This early ‘deep cut’ from Spike Lee depicts political and emotional turmoil between radically conscious frat and sorority members of a fictional black college. Tonight’s presenter, playwright Robert O’Hara, remarks on the portrayal of “physical intimacy of men all up in each other’s faces, violating private space, paddling each other…and being–as my mother would say–‘tooted up’.” Despite its glittering cast of men, it is the struggles depicted by the women of SCHOOL DAZE that resonate most profoundly as they battle the misogyny and toxic masculinity of the Greek System. A dramedy with song and dance numbers–made with love for the Michelle/Barack generation!

Screening as part of our ongoing series with Queer|Art|Film for their season Black Summer Nights 2: Summer in the City.

  • Country USA
  • Year 1988
  • Running Time 121 minutes
  • Director Spike Lee
  • Writer Spike Lee
  • Editor Barry Alexander Brown
  • Cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Cast Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin