The story of Fred Hampton, the gifted civil rights leader who rose through the Black Panther party to became chairman of the Chicago chapter, is often missing from history. And even lesser known is the role that petty criminal and FBI informant William O’Neal played in his downfall. Director Shaka King tells both their stories with complexity and careful precision in this fast paced and hard-hitting drama, fused together with gripping editing and stunning cinematography.
At the centre of it all, pulsing through the film is a trilogy of exceptional and electrifying performances from BAFTA winner Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal and Dominique Fishback in a heart-breaking turn as Hampton’s partner Deborah Johnson.
Simultaneously a taut crime thriller, a visceral emotional drama and an immersive piece of important American history, Judas And The Black Messiah is one of the most compelling and essential films you will see this year.
MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.
Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.
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