By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
When Clint Eastwood’s films “Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” came out last year, black World War II veterans were disappointed that they were not represented in the film. Now Spike Lee announced his next project will be “Miracle St. Anna,” based on the book by James McBride that follows black Americans fighting the Nazi’s in the Tuscan mountains of Italy.
"America started to remember the sacrifice of black soldiers in films on the Vietnam War, but before then, in those on World War II, they were almost invisible," Lee told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "I recently met a black veteran who fought at Iwo Jima and he told me how hurt he was that he could not find a single African-American in Clint Eastwood’s two films. Despite the fact that they had been slaves for more than 300 years and that they were still at the time subject to terrible forms of discrimination, black men fought like heroes. They behaved like patriots while their brothers were lynched or at best considered second-class citizens."
Lee said that he will film the movie in Italy, with the script being written by the book’s author, James McBride. There’s no word on who will be cast or when production will start on the film.