Spike Lee at UK Premiere of Miracle At St Anna

Director Spike Lee and Sandra Hebron speak to guests before the UK Premiere of ‘Miracle At St Anna’ during the BFI 52nd London Film Festival, at Odeon West End on October 16, 2008 in London, England.

Miracle At St Anna opened in the US on September 26th.  Miracle at St. Anna follows four black soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped near a small Tuscan village on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.

The story is inspired by the August 1944 Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre perpetrated by the Waffen-SS in retaliation to Italian partisan activity. There is also a reference to a sculpted head from Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence that acts as a plot device.

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