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(BLACK JESUS, A)

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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2020

A statue of a black Jesus has been venerated in a small Sicilian village for centuries. Edward, a 19-year-old Ghanian from the local refugee center, causes a stir within the community when he asks to be one of the bearers of the statue in the annual procession alongside the white locals. The community is divided. On a journey exploring the source of fear and prejudice about “the others”, the villagers are called upon to question their own identity – starting with the very icon of their own belief: a black Jesus.

Luca Lucchesi’s documentary marks his second collaboration with Hella Wenders after he served as DoP on her 2017 film SCHOOL, SCHOOL - THE TIME AFTER BERG FIDEL.
Genre Comedy, Drama, Society
Category Documentary
Director Luca Lucchesi
Screenplay Hella Wenders
Cinematography Luca Lucchesi
Producer Wim Wenders
Co-Producer Eric Friedler
Production Company Road Movies, in co-production with NDR
Language
 Italian, English, French, Wolof, Ashanti, Fante, Frafra
Shooting Dates January-October 2019
With backing from Nordmedia, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Filmwelt Verleihagentur

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