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In this biblical reinterpretation, a passionate black religious leader known as Jesus of Nazareth (Jean-Claude La Marre) must face the dual specters of religious and racial persecution. With the Roman army on their trail, Jesus, John (Akiva David), Judas (Johann Jean) and the rest of the disciples take refuge in a remote mountain home. As the group breaks bread together, a Jewish council troubled by Jesus' race and influence sets out to silence him once and for all.

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  • Color of the Cross, a low-budget re-imagining of Christs final days, makes a big deal out of the relatively tame suggestion that Jesus was black.

    November 10, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Filled with close-ups of Jesus and his apostles (all the better to hide the absence of elaborate period sets), mixing quotes from the Scripture with flat exposition, this low-budget affair is earnest and, alas, more than a little bit cartoonish.

    November 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • ...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Lacking the drama of Jesus' trial and the passion, as well as the substance of his teachings, (actor Jean Claude) LaMarre's turgid take has very little to offer dramatically or inspirationally.

    October 26, 2006
  • Many are calling Color of the Cross controversial, but it's really not. It simply states a possibility -- that Christ was a man of color -- which it dramatizes earnestly within the narrow confines of its $2.5 million budget.

    October 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Crucifixion revisited featuring a black Jesus as the victim of a bias crime!

    May 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Color of the Cross, a low-budget re-imagining of Christs final days, makes a big deal out of the relatively tame suggestion that Jesus was black.

    November 10, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Filled with close-ups of Jesus and his apostles (all the better to hide the absence of elaborate period sets), mixing quotes from the Scripture with flat exposition, this low-budget affair is earnest and, alas, more than a little bit cartoonish.

    November 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • ...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Lacking the drama of Jesus' trial and the passion, as well as the substance of his teachings, (actor Jean Claude) LaMarre's turgid take has very little to offer dramatically or inspirationally.

    October 26, 2006
  • The Crucifixion revisited featuring a black Jesus as the victim of a bias crime!

    May 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Crucifixion revisited with black Jesus as victim of bias crime.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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