Film

2020 Pan African Film Festival Opens with Frances-Anne Solomon Film Hero

HERO is inspired by the extraordinary revolutionary life and times of Trinidad and Tobago citizen, diplomat and judge Ulric Cross, the most decorated West Indian of World War II. He was a member of the highly-decorated group of Caribbean pilots who flew combat missions for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II. This Caribbean group was the equivalent of the Tuskegee Airmen – that is, African American military pilots who flew combat missions for the U.S. Air Force in World War II. After his service, Cross went on to play an active and important role in the Pan African Movement, which led to the creation of the 28 modern Caribbean and 54 modern African nations. This Pan African Movement influenced U.S. domestic policy towards African Americans and inspired the Civil Rights movement. It also inspired Black Power movements in the Americas as well as the rise of Black consciousness that swept around the world and resonates to this day. The film recently won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Feature.

Cast:

Ulric CrossNickolai Salcedo
James “Pony” McFarlane  – Peter Williams (2)
CLR JamesJoseph Marcell
Ann CrossPippa Nixon
Nicola CrossJessica B Hill
George PadmoreFraser James
Kwame Nkrumah – Jimmy Akingbola
Patrice Lumumba – Adjetey Anang
T Ras MakonnenRudolph Walker
Daphne ParkValerie Buhagiar

Watch the trailer here:  

Hero – Directed By: Frances-Anne Solomon
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Location: Directors Guild of America, DGA Theater Complex
7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Ulric CrossNickolai Salcedo  and James “Pony” McFarlane  – Peter Williams 
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Nickolai Salcedo 

Established in 1992, PAFF has premiered and hosted special screenings of top black films including Black Panther (US), Think Like a Man (US), Vaya (South Africa/Nigeria), The CEO (Nigeria), Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (US), Love & Basketball (US), 93 Days (Nigeria), Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (US), Triangle: Coming to America (Ethiopia), Burning Sands (US) and many more. Each Year PAFF-LA presents awards of recognition to key industry players and rising stars who have soared in the film industry. Previous recipients include Forest Whitaker, Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Sidney Poitier, Nicole Beharie, Nate Parker, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad, Charles Dutton, Billy Dee Williams and a host of other extraordinary industry professionals both in front of and behind the camera lens.

PAFF LA showcases over one hundred fifty (150) quality new films and over one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

More about PAFF which runs 11th – 23rd Feb 2020.

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