By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – Filmmaker Spike Lee is back with a new film about a middle-class boy from Atlanta, who spends an eye-opening summer with his God-fearing grandfather in the New York housing projects.

And the movie hits home especially hard with one local actor who attended a special Detroit screening of Red Hook Summer.

WWJ’s Vickie Thomas interviewed Lee for an audio podcast about his recent film.

Sean H. Robinson, a local actor, writer and filmmaker, says he — like everyone else — did not see a molestation scene coming involving a young boy and a trusted leader. Robinson says it was ironic because he, too, was molested when he was 12.

“And it’s not just me,” Robinson told Thomas. “I know of some other people and, you know, young men that’s happened to years ago, and I’ll be 40 this year, so we’re talking a whole long time ago.”

“Does it still haunt you,” Robinson was asked.

“Oh, it does, you know, what you do is — first of all — you just find forgiveness in your heart for the person.”

Red Hook Summer opens at selected Detroit theaters on Friday, August 31st.


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