Queen & Slim

2hrs 12mins
Directed by
Melina Matsoukas
Daniel Kaluuya,
Jodie Turner-Smith,
Bokeem Woodbine

From two-time Grammy-winning director Melina Matsoukas and Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe comes the unflinching drama, Queen & Slim

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a Black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a Black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people across the country. 

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and forge a deep and powerful love, revealing their shared humanity and shaping the rest of their lives. 

Joining a legacy of films such Set It Off and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.  

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