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Best Non-Fiction

Spike Lee’s America, by David Sterritt

Sterritt, the veteran film critic for The Christian Science Monitor and MICA adjunct professor, pays Spike Lee the utmost respect by understanding this consummate New Yorker—pardon, Brooklynite—as both a serious filmmaker of ideas and acute observer of contemporary America. In this study of Lee’s movies, from She’s Gotta Have It through Miracle at St. Anna, Sterritt impressively teases out Lee’s thoughts not only about urban African-American lives but surviving late 20th- and early 21st-century America, where race, culture, and politics complement and confuse each other in equal measure. And in chapters about Clockers and 25h Hour, Sterritt recognizes these sometimes-overlooked films as the visually innovative, powerful statements of a bona fide auteur.

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