Jungle Fever 20 Years Later: Discussion Tomorrow Night

Al Sharpton marches through the neighborhood in 1989 (from wikipedia.org)

Did you know that the Bensonhurst scenes in Spike Lee’s movie Jungle Fever were shot in Old Mill Basin/Flatlands?

Because the film’s producers were worried about ongoing tensions from the Yusef Hawkins murder and Al Sharpton’s subsequent marches, they chose Avenue N between 58th Street and 59th Street, instead of 18th Avenue or 20th Avenue.

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a screening and discussion of the film, which is now 20 years old, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tomorrow night.

They would like residents from Bensonhurst, particularly those that are old enough to remember the neighborhood in the late 80’s and early 90’s, to attend, and maybe even lend their own perspectives to the conversation.

The event, which is co-presented by BAMcinématek, starts at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more, please check out the Brooklyn Historical Society’s blog.

BAM Rose Cinemas is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene