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Reel Review features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.

Hosted by Erroll Southers, Reel Review reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs.

We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.

Feb 26, 2021

Under the threat of prison, Bill O'Neal infiltrated the Black Panther Party in Chicago.

Judas and the Black Messiah looks at the last three years of the Black Panther Party Chairman, Fred Hampton's life. While Hampton was falling in love , taking care of his people, and leading the city revolutionaries ... O'Neal  was forced to navigate the dilemma of the hold the FBI had over him, all while starting to believe in the movement the Black Panthers represented.

Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey Hicks, Bill Resh, and Erroll Southers.

Beware of spoilers.

Trigger warning: racial violence, gun violence, state violence, murder, death.


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