Summarize the plot of, the critical reaction to, and the rewards for Blind Faith, the Showtime TV movie from 1998 directed by Ernest Dickerson.

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Blind Faith is a 1998 Showtime TV movie directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Kadeem Hardison, Garland Whitt, and Lonette McKee. The film, set in the 1950s, deals with themes of racism and homophobia, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for its screenplay. The plot revolves around Charlie, an 18-year-old black man who is gay and is arrested for the murder of a white man in a hate crime. Charlie confesses to attempting to rob the white boy and claims the death was accidental, but he is concealing the truth to protect his own homosexuality and avoid shame to his father, who is a police officer. During the trial, the circumstances of what really happened are never revealed due to Charlie's reluctance to displease his homophobic father, who is also a candidate for the first black sergeant promotion. The truth eventually comes out, but it's too late, as Charlie is already on death row. Critical reception was generally positive. Dennis Harvey of Variety praised the film for its narrative punch and passion, while acknowledging some hackneyed dialogue. He was satisfied with the acting, particularly Vance's performance. The film was also recognized for its handling of social issues, with Variety noting that it "limns racism and homophobia as played out in a late-1950s murder trial." Blind Faith received several awards and nominations. The film's screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and Dutton, Vance, and Whitt received nominations for awards. Vance's performance was particularly noted, with Variety stating that he "anchors the action." The film was also recognized for its exploration of themes of racism and homophobia, with Variety noting that it "limns racism and homophobia as played out in a late-1950s murder trial."
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