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Backstage: Miracle at St. Anna: LIVE Shorts

September 26, 2008

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SPIKE LEE & JAMES McBRIDE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber on "Miracle at St. Anna," LIVE from the NYPL Lite, September 26, 2008. Spike Lee's new film, "Miracle at St. Anna," chronicles the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all African-American 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II. Based on the novel and with screenplay by James McBride, it is a story about redemption and triumph over the bleakest of experiences. The book, "Miracle at St. Anna," The Motion Picture, is not only a visual tribute to this epic, but also to the countless African American soldiers who risked their lives for a country in which they were treated with less respect than the enemy they were fighting. The book includes costume designs, storyboard sketches, personal text by Spike Lee, a full script book, and archival material from the Second World War. Spike Lee and James McBride will be in conversation with Paul Holdengräber to discuss this historical American story that exposes racism, guilt, courage, revenge, and forgiveness.