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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee takes on the Broadway musical "Passing Strange" in his new epynomous documentary.

The show, written by singer/songwriter Stew and his creative partner, Heidi Rodewald, tells the story about a young black man who rejects his mother's stiff dedication to church and bourgeous aspirations, and takes off to experience the greater world abroad.

Disillusioned with his surroundings in Los Angeles, he takes a cue from Josephine Baker and James Baldwin and sets off for Europe. From Amsterdam to Berlin, sex, drugs and politics feed his thirst for the true sensations of life, and open his eyes with the gift of a fresh perspective.

The theatre production was developed in the Sundance Theatre Lab, and Spike Lee offers multicamera coverage of the event as well as backstage scenes. His film ably captures the brilliant energy of the ensemble and inspired performances by De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eisa Davis and Stew himself.

In theatres tomorrow, August 21.

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