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Spike Lee
Spike Lee was raised in Brooklyn, New York
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 17th March, Patrick O'Connell spoke to film director Spike Lee about his two new contrasting films, one about a bank heist, the other a documentary about Hurricane Katrina.

Spike Lee made his name as a film director tackling one of America's most sensitive issues - race relations.

With hit films like She's Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever and Malcolm X, he brought subjects like black history, racism and mixed-race relationships to a mass American audience.

This year's Oscars have been hailed as the most progressive yet: the best picture award went to Crash, a critical portrayal of race relations in Los Angeles.

After twenty years in the business, does he think Hollywood is finally changing?

He tells Patrick O'Connell why his good friend George Clooney has got Hollywood all wrong, and how his forthcoming documentary will hold the US government to account for its response to Hurricane Katrina.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0430 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1130 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1930 GMT, 0030 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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