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Spike Lee first black jury chair at the Cannes film festival

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The American director Spike Lee (62) will be the jury chair of the upcoming edition of the film festival in Cannes. The organization has announced this. He is the first black president of the jury of the French film festival.

“Cannes has been decisive for who I have become in the film world”

Spike Lee is the director of films such as Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing. His film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ about a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan received the prize in 2018 in Cannes for the second best film, the Grand Prix. With BlacKkKlansman, Lee also won his first Oscar ever, for the film’s screenplay.

62-year-old Lee said that he was “amazed, happy, surprised and proud at the same time” that he was allowed to write history as the first person of African descent to be appointed jury chairman in Cannes. The Cannes film festival means a lot to the director, who states that “Cannes has been decisive for who I have become in the film world.”

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