Director: Spike Lee
USA, 1988, 114 mins. Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically African American university in this politically charged musical from the director Spike Lee. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious African American student who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and rejects social climbing and fraternities. But Half-Pint (Spike Lee), his craven young cousin, is willing to endure any humiliation to join the manly Gamma fraternity. As Half-Pint tries unsuccessfully to impress the Gammas with his inept womanizing, Dap engages in philosophical debates with Rachel, his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the light-skinned, straight-haired sisters of the Gamma Ray sorority battle it out in a beauty parlor with their darker-skinned Afro-headed fellow coeds. Eventually, Half-Pint gets the chance to join the frat, but only after a degrading episode with Jane, the soon-to-be ex-girlfriend of his house president, which causes Dap to lose all respect for him. Based in part on the director's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, School Daze was also written and produced by Spike Lee.