Spike Lee’s new joint “Da Republic of Brooklyn” showcases the hustle of five Brooklyn Uber drivers in 7- t0 8-minute long films

Lee’s new series is titled “Da Republic of Brooklyn.”

Spike Lee has long been a proud son of Brooklyn. Uber decided to tap into the filmmaker’s genius and love for his borough, and teamed up with him for a series of short films highlighting the men and women behind the wheels, working and living in Brooklyn.

Da Republic of Brooklyn cast (l-r): Rodney, Keith, Malta, Domingo and Sunny. Photo credit: Ryan Mac/ Twitter.

The series titled ”Uber Presents Da Republic of Brooklyn” explores the hustle, ambition and passions of five people that have carved out their own niche in their home borough. The 7-to 8-minute long films center around Malka, an immigrant and mother of two; Sunny, a Brooklyn-transplant from St. Louis who is biking for Uber Eats while she pursues her dreams of performing on stage as an actress; Domingo, a Bushwick-bred hustler, flight attendant, driver, singer, mechanic and chicken farmer who has no end in sight to his ambitions; Keith, a native Coney Islander who chases the dream of opening his own doggy daycare, and Rodney, a Brooklyn-born mixed-media artist and singer who is driving for inspiration as he chases his next work.

“I was attracted to this project because I know a lot of people who drive on the Uber platform and it gives them the flexibility they need to pursue their dreams,” said Lee. “That’s how we do it in Brooklyn – that’s the Brooklyn hustle.”

Lee picked the featured individuals himself from the thousands of drivers and delivery partners in Brooklyn.

All videos can be found at Uber Presents — and to avoid any controversy, Uber emphasized that all drivers were paid for their participation in the films.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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