Spike Lee releases short film '3 Brothers' after the death of George Floyd

Jury president Spike Lee. (Getty Images)
Jury president Spike Lee. (Getty Images)

(WARNING: This article contains sensitive content)

Spike Lee has released a powerful short film likening the deaths of George Floyd and Eric Garner to that of a character in his 1989 movie Do The Right Thing.

In the film, Radio Raheem dies at the hands of police officers just like George and Eric.

Over the weekend anti-racism protests in the US intensified as people took to the street over the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old was killed while being apprehended by the police on 25 May.

In 2014 Eric Garner was killed in similar circumstances while police were restraining him shouting the words: "I can't breathe."

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar-winning director released the one-and-a-half minute clip titled, 3 Brothers, during CNN's special report I Can't Breathe: Black Men Living and Dying In America.

The film asks the question: 'Will history stop repeating itself?' and is followed by footage of Eric and George and scenes of Radio being choked by police in the movie.

WATCH IT HERE: (WARNING: This video contains sensitive content)

In an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, Spike spoke about the protests and the unrest saying: "This is history again, and again and again. The attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go."


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