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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

When: Sat., Oct. 24, 6 p.m. 2015

BLACK CINEMA NIGHT PRESENTS: DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS

SATURDAY, OCT. 24, DURHAM

THE CARRACK MODERN ART—Spike Lee's Kickstarter-funded film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus centers on a couple who have fallen under the curse of an ancient Ashanti dagger, causing them to become dependent on human blood. "It's less of a sacrilege to drink blood than to spill it," Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) tells his colleague in one scene. But Lee's directorial foray into bloodlust is neither a dip into vampire folklore, nor is it gore-driven, like American Horror Story: Hotel's new subplot about an entirely different kind of bloodthirsty couple. Instead, Lee's remake of Bill Gunn's 1973 film, Ganja & Hess, intellectualizes and ritualizes addiction as it relates to both African-American class structures and African spirituality. Far removed from any of Lee's previous work, its mere existence speaks to black film's growing diversity and should make for an intriguing post-viewing discussion with one of its soundtrack's contributors, Durham artist Vespertine. The screening is hosted by Durham activists Gemynii and Lamont Lilly. 6 p.m., free (donations encouraged),

111 W. Parrish St., Durham, 704-213-6666, www.thecarrack.org.Eric Tullis

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