One year before his culture-shaking breakthrough Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee zeroed in on racial and social divisions at an all-black university. Laurence Fishburne stars as Dap, Mission College’s campus radical at odds with both the administration and students alike, not least Julian (Giancarlo Esposito), the “Big Brother Almighty” of a fraternity populated by the exact type of students to whom Dap is morally opposed. It all comes to a head after Dap’s young cousin, Half-Pint (Lee), becomes a pledge. Likened to Animal House as filtered through Pan-Africanist politics, School Daze is an eminently listenable musical comedy, and an incisive satire about black life in the ’80s that has yet to lose its bite more than 30 years later.

This screening is part of our free weekly double features this summer to celebrate Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary. If you are interested in attending, please register (starting June 15) so we can monitor capacity. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to each screening. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.

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