Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

The execution of black Americans orchestrated by the FBI under the guise of "national security" is utterly depraved, horrifying and absolutely critical to bear witness to. While Judas and the Black Messiah is far from a comprehensive treatise, it presents the story of Fred Hampton and CI Bill O'Neal through a raw and vulnerable lens often watered down in your typical biopic or "based on historical events" drama. I particularly appreciated that the critical contributions made by Deborah Johnson and other women involved with the the Black Panther Party was not erased and given meaningful screen time. The image of Denise, heavily pregnant, fist raised, tears streaming down her face listening to Fred speak was one of the film's stand-out moments.

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