Spike Lee's oeuvre is not restricted to narrative films, however. His documentary "4 Little Girls" was nominated for the Best Feature Documentary Academy Award in 1997; while "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts", documented the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans on 29th August 2005, in a style that is both moving and political in an activist sense. "Miracle at St. Anna" (2008), set out explicitly to highlight the contribution made by African-American soldiers during the Second World War, and by doing so redress the absence of African-Americans in the popular myths and images of that historic moment.
Jim Pines is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Bedfordshire. He has published widely on Black and Third World film and television and is also a contributor to the BBC World Service and other BBC radio documentary and arts programmes, including BBC Radio 2' Great Lives which focused on the life and influence of African-American comic the late Richard Pryor.