Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Just rewatched one of my favorite films of 2021 and it's still incredible.

The way Shaka King frames the moment of Fred's murder, blurry in the background while the focus stays tight on the pained but unflinching face of Dominique Fishback is stunning. This isn't about glorifying the murders or exploiting their actions. This is about generational trauma, as Fred's pregnant wife stands there, just feet from her dead husband, the next generation growing inside her and nearly snuffed out before ever taking a breath of free air. This is about the struggle, and it must continue. This is about the people, and their will to overcome oppression. That single shot says as much as the nearly two hours that preceeded it.

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