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Captioned: Queen & Slim

Melina Matsoukas

Oscar nominated British actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith (The Neon Demon) star as a couple on their first date who become fugitives after an altercation with the police. As Queen & Slim unfolds, the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for Black Americans across the country. This hotly anticipated film is the directorial debut from two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO’s Insecure as well as the feature screenwriting debut of Lena Waithe, known for her superb writing and acting in Master of None and her own original series The Chi.

"A beautiful, powerful and thoroughly modern love story."

After a pretty forgettable first date together in Ohio, Slim (Kaluuya) and Queen (Turner-Smith) are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates suddenly when the police officer pulls his gun on the couple, and Slim kills the officer in self-defence. The incident, captured on video, goes viral, turning the two unlikely fugitives into symbols of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people across the country.

Within a narrative that’s clearly reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, Matsoukas tackles the pain of systemic racism and continued police brutality towards Black Americans in the States, whilst also telling a beautiful, powerful and thoroughly modern love story.