Black Jesus (film)

Black Jesus (Italian: Seduto alla sua destra, lit. "Sitting to his right") is a 1968 Italian drama film co-written and directed by Valerio Zurlini and starring Woody Strode. It is inspired by the finals days of the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Patrice Lumumba. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival,[1] but the festival was cancelled due to the May 1968 events in France.

Black Jesus
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Film poster
Directed byValerio Zurlini
Produced byCarlo Lizzani
Screenplay byFranco Brusati
Valerio Zurlini
Story byValerio Zurlini
StarringWoody Strode
Franco Citti
Jean Servais
Stephen Forsyth
Music byIvan Vandor
CinematographyAiace Parolin
Edited byFranco Arcalli
Ital-Noleggio Cinematografico
Castoro Film
Distributed byItal-Noleggio Cinematografico
Release date
  • May 1968 (1968-05)
Running time
93 minutes


Rebel Maurice Lalubi is arrested by the military on trumped up charges and tortured, which turns him into a martyr. Inspired by the final days of the first democratic Congolese leader, Patrice Lumumba.


  • Woody Strode as Maurice Lalubi
  • Franco Citti as Oreste
  • Jean Servais as Commander
  • Pier Paolo Capponi as Officer
  • Stephen Forsyth as Prisoner (as Stephen Forsyth)
  • Luciano Lorcas as Sergent (as Luciano Lorcas)
  • Salvatore Basile (as Salvo Basile)
  • Giuseppe Transocchi
  • Silvio Fiore
  • Renzo Rossi
  • Mirella Pamphili (as Mirella Panfili)
  • Bruno Corazzari as Torturer (uncredited)
  • Inigo Lezzi as Soldier (uncredited)


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Black Jesus". Retrieved 3 April 2009.

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