Thursday, May 23, 2024

‘Blindspotting’ EXCLUSIVE: Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal on ‘The Fight‘ [WATCH]


*The critically acclaimed “Blindspotting is out now on digital and DVD and makes for a great holiday meal conversation about the complexities of race.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada, the film centers on Oakland resident and convicted felon Collin (Daveed Diggs), out on parole with only three days left until he’s totally free. He’s determined not to get into trouble, but then his temperamental best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), suddenly decides to buy a gun. And then, on the way home, while waiting at a long stoplight, Collin witnesses a white cop shooting an unarmed black man in the street.

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Over the next few days, Collin is haunted by the incident but continues to work with Miles at a local moving company, where Collin’s ex-girlfriend, Val (Janina Gavankar), is a dispatcher. Collin, Miles, and Miles’ wife, Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), bitterly discuss the gentrification of their city, and later Miles and Collin go to a party hosted by hipster white folks, where Miles gets into a violent fight. And when Miles’ son gets ahold of his gun, it sends everything into a tailspin.

In our exclusive clip above, co-writer Daveed Diggs and his co-star Rafael Casal break down one of the most vital moments in the film between their characters. [WARNNG: explicit language]

“At its core, the film is about the bravery that it takes to just show up and be yourself,” Diggs told  RogerEbert.com. “That’s why I got so emotional when I watched it because it immediately transports you back to when you were a kid.”

In an interview with IndieWire, Diggs addresses the big question that his film elicits:

“The real question is, how do we allow cities to develop and progress and change and bring in new business and continue to gain income without this sort of systematic paving over of culture, and an eradication, and like a very violent removal of the people who made the city attractive to being with?”

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