Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

‘If you ever think about me, and if you ain’t gonna do no revolutionary act, forget about me. I don’t want myself on your mind, if you’re not gonna work for the people. Like we always said, if you’re asked to make a commitment at the age of twenty and you say I don’t want to make that commitment only because of the simple reason that I’m too young to die, I wanna live a little bit longer—what you did is, you’re dead already.’ - Fred Hampton

What is the purpose of art, if not to reignite the fires that put us here in the first place? To be honest, I don’t rate films on how technically great they are; if something can light me up for long enough to remind me why I’m really here, then to me it might as well be the most important piece of cinema ever created. And Judas and the Black Messiah did that for me, without a doubt.

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