Story of Judas
Histoire De Judas
A bold retelling of the saga of the most infamous of the 12 disciples, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s movie portrays Judas not as the betrayer of Jesus but as his most devoted and loving friend. In addition to directing, writing, and producing “Story of Judas,” Ameur-Zaïmeche stars in the title role. Filming in starkly beautiful desert locations in his native Algeria, Ameur-Zaïmeche immediately establishes the unshakeable bond between the two men: In the opening scene, we witness Judas carry Jesus (Nabil Djedouani), weakened by a 40-day fast, on his back over hilly terrain. When Jesus’ teachings begin to attract large crowds in Judea, Judas assumes an even greater role as his friend’s protector, trying to shield him from Pontius Pilate’s Roman forces, who are growing ever more threatened by the prophet. In this graceful reimagining of one of the Bible’s best-known stories, Ameur-Zaïmeche presents both Jesus and Judas as victims of the occupying army’s power plays.