Spike Lee Explains How 4 Little Girls Shows the Power of Film

In July 1997, Spike Lee was preparing for an Oscar-qualification run of his documentary 4 Little Girls — about four Black girls killed in a 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church bombing — when he got an unexpected call from the FBI.

“They wanted to see the film,” Lee recounted last week during a Q&A about his new film Da 5 Bloods.

Lee said that the day after 4 Little Girls completed its run at Film Forum in New York City, the FBI “opened the case again.”

As Lee explained, the FBI had known within a week of the 1963 bombing who was responsible — “one of the guy’s nickname was ‘Dynamite Bob,'” he noted — but didn’t bring charges.


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