Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow encourages US President Donald Trump to see her new racially charged film ''Detroit'' after his comments on Charlottesville. Rollo Ross reports.
"Detroit" is set against events in the summer of 1967 when tensions between black Detroit residents and a predominantly white police force erupted into major riots. It tells the little-known story of one night during that time at the Algiers Motel, where three young black men were shot after enduring hours of abuse. At its launch in London, the film's Oscar-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow made the point that these situations are anything but historic. SOUNDBITE director, Kathryn Bigelow, saying (English): "The film is a kind of indictment against the pervasiveness of racism and obviously we see that pervasiveness occurring yet again a few days ago in Charlottesville, so it's, I think a very important dialogue to engage in." She also had a message to US President Donald Trump, who has faced widespread criticism following the speech in which he failed to condemn the white-nationalists involved in Charlottesville. SOUNDBITE director, Kathryn Bigelow, saying (English): "I would encourage him to see the movie only in the hope that it might humanize perhaps something that is unimaginable for him." British actor Will Poulter plays a racist policeman in the film and had his own words of wisdom about race relations at the premiere. SOUNDBITE actor, Will Poulter, saying (English): "I wouldn't implore anyone to embrace ignorance outside of the context of playing a racist. My experience since playing the character has been to develop my understanding and empathy for people outside my own ethnicity group but I think that's something that we all need to do in the name of bettering race relations and truly progressing. And I think for white people and speaking you know as a white male I would say that if I'm going to be a part of the solution and no longer contribute to the problem that I have to engage in that conversation when invited to." "Detroit" is out in the U.K on August 25th.