Now that we have come to the end of semester, it is a great time to reflect on the different Spike Lee films we have watched this semester. For me, the question Lee leaves in mind after every film is “Does a positive image of a world exist despite the tragedy west on the screen? What does this positive image consist of?”
For me, it is very difficult to answer these two questions because of how the mind works. As a viewer, I can easily identify the tragedy on screen in each of Lee’s films. For example, in “Chi-Raq”, we see he tragedy of gun-violence and the loss of innocent lives, primarily the children who do not experience a future. At the end of the film, part of Lee’s vision of a better future includes a trauma center built on the south-side of Chicago. However, Samuel L. Jackson’s final monologue challenges to ask will that be enough? In “Four Little Girls”, we see the images of the four young girls whose lives were taken from the world on a gloomy Sunday morning. Yet the mothers find it hard to enjoy the good in their lives because of anger that comes out in ways they do not understand.
After thinking about this, I think the next step after watching Lee’s movies is form a plan where we seek our better future. Yes we have learned more about the tragedies in the world and in return became angry. But we must seek our positive vision of the future. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but we must challenge for more and we must challenge for better.