“How would one tell the story of Europe? It should start with the people”: this is how Spike Lee answered the question raised at the International Communications Summit in Brussels, that was dedicated to storytelling, memory and collective identity.
Directly from the United States, the African American film director spoke about the intercultural European vocation – this is the point of view of someone who has made the dialogue between cultures a cornerstone of his militancy, beyond being its creative source. “The soul of a nation – continued Lee – is its people: the people are the only real source of inspiration to tell the story of a country or a continent.”
Concerning the power of a narrative to overcome geographical and cultural boundaries, the director added: “I’ve seen a lot of European cinema during the film school and one of my favourite movies was “The Bicycle Thieves”. This film, born in a culture so far removed from my own, still has a great impact on me“.