Spike Lee blasted Clint Eastwood on Tuesday for failing to include a single African-American soldier in his films about the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The Oscar-nominated African-American director said that black soldiers were conspicuously absent from "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." Hundreds took part in the battle for the Japanese island in 1945.
“There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one [in the films]. That was his version: the negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version," Lee said at a press conference at the Cannes film festival in France, where he also debuted an eight-minute trailer for his latest feature film, a war drama with which he hopes to set the record straight.
"Miracle at St. Anna" is an epic story about members of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division, which fought the Germans in Italy.