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Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks
From BBC - August 17, 2017

The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is "more vital than ever".

Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

She said she wanted to meet racism "head-on", adding: "To do nothing is not an option".

John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: "We all have a voice and we all have a responsibility to speak out."

'Horrific tragedy'

The London-born actor has shared footage of the clashes on Twitter, in which one person died and 19 others were injured, when a car rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally.

"It's so weird, the timing of everything - but now it makes this movie very necessary, for perspective and also to see just how little has been done, and to hopefully spark a positive conversation."

Talking about Charlottesville, Bigelow said: "It's just a horrific tragedy and I feel the urgency to have a conversation about race in America is even more vital than ever."

She added: "Even though this story takes place 50 years ago, it feels, sadly, very much like today and therefore tomorrow. Until there's a meaningful conversation about race in America, I am worried these events will keep happening."

She said she did not see the film, starring John Boyega and Will Poulter, as being "entertainment", but rather "a dramatisation of true events".

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