Monday, November 14, 2022

Judas and the Black Messiah (USA: Shaka King, 2021)

 Judas and the Black Messiah (USA: Shaka King, 2021: 126 mins)

Bourland, Ian. "Judas and the Black Messiah: Captures the Complexities of Revolutionary Death." Frieze (February 16, 2021)

Eggert, Brian. "Judas and the Black Messiah." Deep Focus Review (February 18, 2021)

Francis, Leslie. "Judas and the Black Messiah." Philoso?hy Talk (March 8, 2021)

Henderson, Odie. "Judas and the Black Messiah." Roger Ebert (February 12, 2021)

Hinton, Elizabeth. "The Unsettling Message of Judas and the Black Messiah." The Atlantic (February 13, 2021)

Jones, Okla. "Judas and the Black Messiah Puts a Nostalgic Lens On a Modern-Day Struggle." Consequence Film (February 12, 2021)

King, Shaka. "Judas and the Black Messiah: Director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO." Democracy Now (February 1, 2021) ["A highly anticipated new feature film, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party to collect information that ultimately led to Hampton’s killing in 1969 by law enforcement officers. The film is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield as O’Neal and Martin Sheen as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Shaka King, the film’s director and co-writer, says focusing on Hampton and O’Neal was a way “to make 'The Departed' inside the world of COINTELPRO,” referring to the decades-long illegal FBI program to undermine Black and radical political organizations. “I just thought that that was a very clever vessel and intelligent way to Trojan-horse a Fred Hampton biopic.”"]

Murch, Donna, et al.  "The Real Black Panthers." Throughline (April 15, 2021) ["The Black Panther Party's battles for social justice and economic equality are the centerpiece of the Oscar-nominated film 'Judas and The Black Messiah.' In 1968, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said the Black Panther Party "without question, represents the greatest threat to internal security of the country." And with that declaration he used United States federal law enforcement to wage war on the group. But why did Hoover's FBI target the Black Panther Party more severely than any other Black power organization? Historian Donna Murch says the answer lies in the Panthers' political agenda and a strategy that challenged the very foundations of American society."]

Scott, A.O. "Judas and the Black Messiah: I Was a Panther for the F.B.I." The New York Times (April 25, 2021)

Smith, Kaitlin. "The Complexity of Black Agency in Judas and the Black Messiah." Facing Today (February 19, 2021)

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