Queen and Slim
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Queen & Slim

February 13

After their first date turns into a deadly police shootout, a young black couple start running for their lives and become a symbol of resistance for all people.

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With this consciousness-raising love story, director Malina Matsoukas (Insecure, Beyonce's Formation) and writer Lena Waithe (Master of None) confront the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.

While on a forgettable first date in Ohio, Slim (Kaluuya, Get Out) and Queen (Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates with sudden and tragic results when Slim shoots the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the unlikely pair (a retail worker and criminal defense lawyer) are forced to go on the run.

But when the incident is captured on video and goes viral, the couple unwittingly becomes a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. As they drive, these two reluctant fugitives discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, forging a deep and powerful love that reveals their shared humanity and will shape the rest of their lives. D: Melina Matsoukas, US, 2019,

Co-sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

“Violent and sexy, balanced between hope and despair, definably too-much and unapologetically mythic. The road is bumpy, but what a trip.”

Entertainment Weekly

“It’s a tale as old as time and a story ripped from the news feed; a dream of connection and an anvil to the heart.”

Boston Globe

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