Movie Night: Jungle Fever

Sunday night gives us another movie night.

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This time it’s Jungle Fever, a 1991 romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, and stars Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Frank Vincent, and Anthony Quinn.

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The film centres around the interracial relationship between Flipper Purify (played by Snipes) and his temp (played by Sciorra).Spike Lee used the film as a backdrop for discussions and illustrations about racism, at a time when cases like the Central Park Five were fresh in the consciousness of the viewer.

Jungle Fever also discusses colorism, or discrimination based on skin color: another manifestation of white oppression. The continued colorism in places like the entertainment industry were summarized recently by Viola Davis. She discussed her character on ‘Making a murder’ and how she’d never encountered a character that was her age, gender and hue and hadn’t been stereotyped:

“I hear these stories from friends of mine who are dark-skin actresses who are always being seen as crack addicts and prostitutes.”

To top of this challenging film, the soundtrack to the film was written by Stevie Wonder, here’s a song from the film called “Make sure you’re sure.”

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