Get Out, was released earlier this year, it garnered praise from critics and audiences alike, becoming both the first film from an African-American writer-director to gross more than $100 million as well as the highest-grossing debut from a writer-director based on an original screenplay. Part racial horror film, part social satire, the genre-bending thriller takes aim at systems of white supremacy that lie just under the surface of supposedly liberal America; the woke college student who takes her African-American boyfriend home to her parents, or her dad, who would have voted for Obama a third time if he had the chance. Although the Golden Globes categorized it as a comedy, Peele more accurately describes it as a documentary, presumably not because it depicts actual events but because it reflects reality. The Hammer Museum's screening of Get Out is part of its Contenders series, organized with MoMA, and featuring notable films from the past year; the screening will be followed by a not-to-be-missed Q&A with Peele himself.
When Jordan Peele's first film,