Watch: Spike Lee’s ESPN Documentary 2 Fists Up, On Protests at University of Missouri
The Undefeated, ESPN’s new platform focusing on the intersection of race and sports, premiered the new season of the TV miniseries Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints with the release of 2 Fists Up, directed by Lee himself.
The film takes a look at the protests on the campus of the University of Missouri last November, which included a boycott by the school’s football players. This documentary emphasizes the women organizers behind the protests rather than the football team, a welcome surprise from an ESPN production.
2 Fists Up initially premiered on the university campus in early April with the announcement that a 22-minute version would follow on ESPN platforms. A 30-minute version was announced for the Tribeca Film Festival. ESPN ultimately chose to maintain the original length, which seems fortuitous given that the focus on the women organizers could have been swayed away in a shortened version.
The miniseries features four films that will air over the next month, enlisting three additional directors. The films will air on ESPN three days after the initial online release.