NAACP, Capitol to host free screening of ‘BlackkKlansman’

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The Rome Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Community Foundation and the Capitol Theatre will host a free showing of the film “BlackkKlansman” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at the 220 W. Dominick St. theater.

The Spike Lee film tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier.

New to the force, Stallworth, played by Washington, immediately faces with racism within the force and eventually teams with a fellow police officer, Flip Zimmerman, portrayed by Driver, on an undercover operation into the local KKK.

BlacKkKlansman premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival in France, where it competed for the Palme d’Or, an award given to the top film at the event. It was released in theaters in the U.S. in August, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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