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Review – ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’


What would you tell your son about what you did then?” This question is asked of LaKeith Stanfield’s William O’Neal in the opening scene of Shaka King’s newest film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ but it could just as easily be directed at the audience, asked to reflect on what role we’ve all played in our current moment in history. 

Compared to most other award-contending films following major civil rights icons, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is less of a passive history lesson than a direct confrontation of a story and images many audiences are not especially familiar with, to provoke deeper questions and considerations of how much the root causes of these issues have changed since the course of events depicted in the film, and what still needs to be done. DirectorShaka Kingconstructs a suspenseful film around these relatively…

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