Judas and the Black Messiah

classified 15
Film

Please note: This was screened in May 2021

Director
Shaka King
Cast
Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Daniel Kaluuya
Details
125 mins, 2021, USA
Primary language
English

The real-life story of Fred Hampton, the gifted civil rights leader who rose through the Black Panther party to became chairman of the Chicago chapter, is often missing from history. And even lesser known is the role that petty criminal and FBI informant William O’Neal played in his downfall.

Shaka King, in his big-screen directorial debut, tells both their stories with complexity and careful precision, in this fast-paced and hard-hitting drama, fused together with gripping editing and stunning cinematography. At the centre of it all, pulsing through the film is a trilogy of exceptional and electrifying performances from Daniel Kaluuya (who won the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Fred Hampton), LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal and Dominique Fishback in a heart-breaking turn as Hampton’s partner Deborah Johnson.

Simultaneously a taut crime thriller, a visceral emotional drama and an immersive piece of important American history, Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most compelling and essential films you will see this year.


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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
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