‘Precious’ director Lee Daniels hails Norman Jewison as mentor

Lee Daniels, the Academy Award-nominated director of Precious, hailed Canadian filmmaker Norman Jewison as a role model who inspired a generation of black directors at a panel discussion in Toronto

Jewison made his 1967 film In the Heat of the Night at a time when the issue of race in the U.S. was almost buried.

His courage in creating a black detective, played by Sidney Poitier, who expects respect from others was an inspiration, Daniels said Tuesday.

Daniels was taking part in a panel discussion with Jewison about the way black people are portrayed in film. The talk at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto was moderated by Toronto filmmaker Clement Virgo, director of Poor Boy's Game and episodes of the HBO series The Wire.

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