Scene from the film A Black Jesus
Scene from the film A Black Jesus
Scene from the film A Black Jesus
Scene from the film A Black Jesus

A Black Jesus

  • Italy
  • Germany
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For many centuries, in a small town on the southern border of Europe, people have been worshipping a statue of a black Jesus. 19-year-old Edward from Ghana, a resident of the refugee centre which is the subject of great controversy in the village, asks to carry the statue in the annual procession and to stand next to the locals that bear its cart. The community is divided over the response. On a journey exploring the source of fear and prejudice against “the others”, the inhabitants of this small European village are called upon to question their own identity, starting with the very icon of their faith: a black Jesus.

This film was nominated for Doc Alliance Award 2021 by Millennium Docs Against Gravity.


  • Original title
    A Black Jesus
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Luca Lucchesi, Hella Wenders
  • DOP
    Luca Lucchesi
  • Editing
    Edoardo Morabito, Luca Lucchesi
  • Music
    Roy Paci
  • Sound
    Francesco Vitaliti
  • Duration
    92 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
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