Jungle Fever


Featuring an introduction by Dr. Tani Sanchez, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona.

Spike Lee forcefully explores the topic of interracial relationships with his signature provocateur style in this moving, award-winning drama.

Jungle Fever is funny, political, stirring and sentimental, often at the same time … a provocative, quintessentially Spike symphony.” – Desson Howe, Washington Post

In Jungle Fever, married black architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) contemplates an affair with his white office temp, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra), which causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors. When it comes to a “taboo” relationship such as this, it seems that everyone has an opinion, leading to dramatic and possibly devastating consequences for the besieged lovers. A compelling and emotionally-charged statement on the boundaries society places on love, Jungle Fever is also a nuanced look at the social dynamics of New York City neighborhoods (he’s from Harlem, she’s from Bensonhurst, and never the twain shall meet). Driven by an original soundtrack from Stevie Wonder, the film features a stellar supporting cast, including Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Lonette McKee, John Turturro and Anthony Quinn. (Dir. by Spike Lee, 1992, USA, 132 mins., Rated R)

Tani Sanchez is a professor of Africana Studies in the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities.   She is primarily interested in racial representations in the media and in the study of African American history and culture.  She worked for a number of years as an editor, broadcast journalist and as a media information specialist.  She is also the first president of the Tucson Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (founded by Gloria Smith) and has served as a State President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She has a doctorate in Comparative Cultural and Literary studies; her masters degree focused on visual culture/art history while her undergraduate studies included Radio and Television.  She has lectured in Tucson and other cities on Black history, racial representations in film, and on African American  family history and genealogy.