Queen and Slim
Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim

classified 15

Film

Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020

Director:
Melina Matsoukas
Cast:
Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Indya Moore
Duration:
132 mins, 2019, USA
Primary language:
English

This hotly anticipated, stylish love story is the feature film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Beyoncé's Formation) as well as the feature screenwriting debut of Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi).

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when Slim kills the police officer in self-defense. Knowing at once there will be no justice under these circumstances, the pair are forced to go on the run, unwittingly becoming symbols of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country when video footage from the incident goes viral.

A powerful, consciousness-raising tale of love that confronts the staggering human toll of systemic racism, continued police brutality towards African-Americans, and the life-shattering price of violence.