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Set It Off
Part of the series The Black Book

Set It Off

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Director F. Gary Gray’s classic 1996 film about four young black Los Angeles friends who turn to bank robbing out of financial desperation provides shrewd commentary on issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality. The quartet is vibrantly brought to life by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise. Filled with sly humor and laced with a brilliant soundtrack, the film remains refreshingly relevant. (1996, dir. F. Gary Gray, 124 min.)

A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows.

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