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01.20.06 12:24 AM

black jesus on film

No this isn't the blackface jesus that you've been reading about on blogs. This is about the black jesus of the South African film, Son of Man which premieres on Sunday at the U.S. Sundance Festival in Utah.

From Reuters, UK: "Billed as the world's first black Jesus movie, "Son of Man" portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and aims to shatter the Western image of a placid saviour with fair hair and blue eyes."

The movie has also been reported to present a political theme as opposed to a religous one. "The important thing about the message of Christ was that it is universal. It doesn't matter what he looked like," said the film's director, Mark Dornford-May.

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