Spike Lee has directed, written, produced, and acted in dozensof films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated,and richly multifaceted portrait of American society. As the onlyAfrican-American filmmaker ever to establish a world-class career,Lee has paid acute attention to the experiences of racial andethnic minorities. But white men and women also play importantroles in his movies, and his interest in class, race, and urbanlife hasn't prevented his films from ranging over broadswaths of the American scene in stories as diverse as the audienceswho view them. His defining trait is a willingness to raise hardquestions about contemporary America without pretending to haveeasy answers; his pictures are designed to challenge and provokeus, not ease our minds or pacify our emotions. The opening words ofhis 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing present his coremessage in two emphatic syllables: "Wake up!"Spike Lee's America is a vibrant and provocativeengagement not only with the work of a great filmmaker, but alsowith American society and politics.