Judas and the Black Messiah

Nominated for 6 Oscars Including Best Picture & Supporting Actors!

"This is a film made with a sense of outrage; although the events occurred so long ago, the ramifications that they led to are clearly still being felt in the US." - The Australian 

"Perhaps what is most shocking and troubling about this powerful, tense dramatisation of historical events is that its themes of racial injustice, police brutality, oppression and revolution are even more relevant in 2021 than ever." - The New Paper 

"Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah is another studio picture wrestling with the history of Black Power and — not unlike Uptight, or even Spike Lee’s Malcolm X — taking the substantial risk of being at odds with itself, beginning and ending with its Judas: William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield). It begins, uncannily, with O’Neal on camera before the Eyes on the Prize crew, eyes furtive and uncomfortable as he prepares to give the interview which, in one perhaps neat interpretation of his life, would seal the guilt that would end that life. At this stage, unlike Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) — the film’s tragic messiah, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers and founder of the multicultural political organization known as the Rainbow Coalition — O’Neal is not a (black) household name, to the extent that he ever became one." 

"Perhaps King’s real accomplishment is in the care taken by choices such as these — a care that shows that he’s aware of the negotiations inherent in a project such as this and is nevertheless invested in threading something complicated through a near-invisible needle. The presence here of producer Ryan Coogler, who undoubtedly has more than a little wisdom to impart about negotiating Hollywood’s politics — whose own Black Panther threaded a Malcolm vs. Martin-esque political story through not only franchise loopholes but a seemingly Marvel Studios-inherent friendliness to the C.I.A. — is accordingly telling. Judas and the Black Messiah can’t do everything. What it accomplishes is nevertheless quite something. It is a bittersweet compliment to what’s here that we end the film wishing it’d done even more." - Rolling Stone 


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