In the new reboot of 1960s western action film The Magnificent Seven, Ethan Hawke plays one of seven rifle-wielding mercenaries hired by the people of a small town under siege by a ruthless industrialist. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), and also stars Denzel Washington, Byung-hun Lee and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as fellow outlaws.
It’s not often that you see such a racially diverse cast in a western, or any Hollywood film for that matter. Hawke is also author of a new graphic novel, “Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars,” which he will be discussing with co-creator Greg Ruth, at the New York Comic Con in October.
Hawke joins us tonight in The Greene Space as Rebecca Carroll, WNYC’s producer for special projects on race, launches a new conversation series reinventing language around race, How I Got Over. They’ll talk race, guns, violence and white accountability in an era of heightened, racialized police brutality and gun violence.
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How I Got Over
Join us for a new project reinventing language around race through a series of conversations and performances that explore, express and examine what it means when a social construct becomes the social order. We want people to get personal. We want provocative dialogue. We want to generate new language to execute real change. We want to talk about fear – and how it’s different if you are black or white. We want to hear people explore racism.