By Indiewire | Indiewire January 26, 2006 at 1:44AM
South African film "Son of Man" attempts to reconstruct the traditional Western image of Jesus and portray him as a contemporary black African born, like the traditional Jesus, in "an occupied state and preach[ing] equality at a time when that [isn't] very acceptable" (director Mark Dornford-May). He points out that the universality of Christ's message is what is important, not the appearance of the bearer. The film, billed as the world's first black Jesus movie, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. Rebecca Harrison reports for the New Zealand Herald.