Judas and the Black Messiah
Official Selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival
Co-presented with HMAAC and CAMH
This film is an Official Selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. MoonStruck Drive-in will open at 7:00PM. The film starts at 8:00PM and will be preceded by an HCAS curated pre-show reel. The ticket price is $30 per car, which includes all passengers in the car.
Fred Hampton’s cathartic words “I am a revolutionary” became a rallying call in 1969. As chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, Hampton demanded all power to the people and inspired a growing movement of solidarity, prompting the FBI to consider him a threat and to plant informant William O’Neal to infiltrate the party. Judas and the Black Messiah not only recounts Hampton’s legacy and the FBI’s conspiring but also gives equal footing to the man who became infamous for his betrayal—highlighting the systems of inequality and oppression that fed both of their roles.
Director Shaka King returns to the Sundance Film Festival with an incredible cast of Sundance alums led by Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield. Kaluuya channels Hampton’s ability to energize and unite communities, while Stanfield taps into the anguish of a man with conflicting allegiances. Dominique Fishback also stands out in her reserved yet confronting performance as Deborah Johnson, Hampton’s life partner. King’s magnetic film carries themes that continue to resonate today and serves as a reminder of the potent power of the people.
|Country, Year||United States, 2021|
|Writer||Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas|
|Cast||Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Thorne, Lil Rel Howery, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen|
|Producer||Charles D. King, Shaka King, Jason Cloth, Ryan Coogler|
|Runtime||126 MINS, SECS|
|Event Type||Drive In|