Black Is King

The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity.

His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.

Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture.

The highly stylized and nearly 90-minute film that draws from last year’s Lion King: The Gift album is extremely successful when it pinpoints the power of spectacle in storytelling to manifest mythology — for both its creator and the film itself.

1h 25min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy