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Judas and the Black Messiah (15)

24 June

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue GFT 1
Location of GFT 1

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Based on the true story of Fred Hampton’s assassination at the hands of the FBI aged just 21,  Judas and the Black Messiah stars Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield on top form as the Black Panther party leader and the man who betrayed him.

In 1968, the young, charismatic activist Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people.

As Hampton’s influence grew, he inspired a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from the inside. 

Facing prison, petty criminal William O’Neal (Stanfield) is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide them with intel on Hampton, he will walk free. O’Neal takes the deal.

Daniel Kaluuya gives an electrifying performance that raises the hairs on the back of your neck.

RogerEbert.com

Buoyed by a trio of standout performances, this freshly resonant thriller brings urgent life to one of the Black Panther movement’s greatest tragedies. Shaka King is a force to be reckoned with. ★★★★

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  • Director Shaka King
  • Cast Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback
  • Country USA
  • year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 2h6m
  • Certificate 15
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