This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, we’re featuring a Q&A with Shaka King, co-writer, producer, and director of Judas and the Black Messiah, moderated by Eugene Hernandez, Film at Lincoln Center’s Deputy Executive Director of Programs.

Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party — putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside, enter William O’Neal.  Judas and the Black Messiah stars Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, and Martin Sheen.

This Black History Month special event was organized by Film at Lincoln Center and Warner Bros. Pictures to provide cinema and arthouse audiences with an early preview of this timely and vital film, along with an extended conversation. Judas and the Black Messiah is now available on HBO Max.

Watch/listen to the discussion on the film below and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunesSpotify, or Stitcher for more filmmaker conversations.