Drama follows a young punk-attired, weed-smoking, gun-carrying African American man Bigger "Big" Thomas (Ashton Sanders, Moonlight) who takes a job as a wealthy businessman's chauffeur. Big begins driving the household's progressive daughter, but finds himself involved in an accidental death. The feature debut of influential American contemporary artist Rashid Johnson.
"A thoroughly contemporary reworking of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son asserts the story’s persistent relevance by bringing its interrogation of fear, violence, race, and circumstance into a critical modern context. The film’s enviable creative team includes screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks (the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog); director Rashid Johnson (a renowned visual artist whose practice consistently engages African American history and culture); and Ashton Sanders (teenaged Chiron in Moonlight), who delivers an electrifying performance as one of the most complex, morally convoluted characters in American literature." (Sundance Film Festival)