There has always been challenging discrimination against black people and the people who keep on trying to fight against that injustice. There was a time when Martin Luther King led a revolution for the black community in order to give them the right to vote.
The entire story of the sacrifice, challenges, and corruption was immaculately displayed in 2016’s Academy Award-nominated film “Selma“. This chronicles the piece by piece story of how Martin Luther King brought a revolution into America.
But there is one more story among the thousands many more that were overshadowed by the big picture events of “Selma“. One of those stories has just recently made its way onto the big screen with the release of “Judas and The Black Messiah“.
The film is directed by Shaka King with Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in the front seats. The film was released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max as a part of Warner Bros’s latest plan for all of its films for 2021.
The story follows a 21-year-old revolutionary Fred Hampton who is serving as a leader and a benefactor for the black people through his community called The Black Panther Party of Illinois. The Black Panther party focuses on the upbringing of the black people by feeding the hungry and educating children in ghettos.
On the other hand, a grand theft criminal who impersonates a federal officer gets caught by a real one after an unsuccessful car theft. He is given a choice, whether to serve 5 years in prison or to become an FBI informant and bring down The Black Panther Party.
The criminal Billy O Neal decides to become the informant and slowly keeps on feeding the federal officers the information about the plans Fred Hampton has been working on. Day by day billy gets closer to Fred as a friend and betrays him by supplying information to the authorities.
At the end of the film, federal officers ask billy to poison Fred’s drink, which is taken as a shock by billy as he has never killed anyone. But with no options left billy poisons Fred’s drink and leaves the house for him to die.
Later that night police raids the house and arrests, every one of them, with shooting Fred who was already dead covering the poison with bullets.
The movie passes on a strong message about the people who become leaders by trying to lift up the downtrodden and eventually getting stabbed in the back by their own men.
“Judas and The Black Messiah” is currently ruling the box office charts on both theatres and on HBO Max.