LOS ANGELES (AP) – The American Film Institute announced Monday that it is offering free rentals of â€œDo The Right Thingâ€ all week and will host a discussion of the 1989 film about racism, protests, police brutality and a New York neighborhood in turmoil with director Spike Lee.
The AFI says it’s partnering with Universal Pictures to offer the film for free from Monday through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Google, Redbox, Vudu and several other platforms.
The discussion with Lee will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT on the AFI YouTube channel.
The announcement does not directly mention recent nationwide protests brought on by the death of George Floyd, but AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement that the film â€œis a timeless and timely classicâ€ and that Lee â€œhas forever proven himself the voice for change that we need now more than ever.â€
â€œDo The Right Thing,â€ which stars Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis and Danny Aiello, was nominated for two Academy Awards and is on the AFI’s list of 100 greatest films of all time.