Adapted by Sam Greenlee from his autobiographical fantasia about a token black CIA operative turned liberation leader, The Spook Who Sat by the Door might long have been recognised as one of the great African-American calls to arms – had it not been suppressed by the FBI.

Lawrence Cook plays Dan Freeman a CIA agent and the only black man in the agency. Tired of being treated as a human showcase for affirmative action, he quits and heads for the inner city where he begins forming an army of “freedom fighters” determined to overthrow the government and vanquish the white oppressors.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door is a cult classic and named one of the most influential black films of the 70s (by Torriano Berry and Venise Berry in their book The 50 most influential black films).

This event is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub NI, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


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