Necessary Evil

  • Director

    Jamal Hodge

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 35:11

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format

    Arri Alexa

  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

NOTHING BUT WEB: 3 trippy pilots.

April 20, 2024 @ 5:30PM • MoMI Redstone


The actions of the past have followed him home.

After escaping the self-destructive grip of street life, Jamaal embraces metaphysics and finds his footing in the world as a black entrepreneur, with his guiding light, Samaya, at his side. But the past refuses to die quietly. Supreme – a childhood comrade, incarcerated for murder is set free. Bringing a brutal prison war into his once tranquil life, that leaves Jamaal confronted by the choice of loyalty to his past, or his own spiritual redemption.”

Adapted from the best-selling novel “Necessary Evil” by Kareem (INF) Hayes, this potent tale of violence, spirituality, and brotherhood comes to life under the award-winning direction of Jamal Hodge.


Jamal Hodge, Director, Pierre The Pigeon Hawk, Primal Instinct, Mourning Meal, Under Thy Wings
Kareem Hayes, Writer
Anita Durst, Producer

Director Biography

JAMAL HODGE is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and writer. Since May of 2016, Jamal Hodge’s films have been an official selection in over 100 Film Festivals, and have won over 70 awards including The Vanguard Award (Best of The Fest) at the Hip Hop Film Festival (2020), Best Director at The Chelsea Film Festival (2020) and Best Director at GenreBlast (2020), with screenings at Tribecca Film Festival, Sundance, and the Cannes Short Film Corner.
Jamal has directed the first season of Investigation Discovery Channel’s Primal Instinct’ and has come on as a Producer on the Animated feature film ‘Pierre The Pigeon Hawk’ (starring Will.I,.Am, Jennifer Hudson, and Whoopi Goldberg). He is co-directing/producing a PBS docu-series called Southern Storytellers (2022) with Peabody-winning producer/director Craig Renaud and is the Show Runner on two comedy series: INGENIUSES (created by Brandon Shaw) and TYPE CAST with Lenny Thomas.