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In the aftermath of the heist, Akilla captures one of the thieves, a mute fifteen-year-old boy named Sheppard. Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he escaped.
Directed by Charles Officer (CIFF ’18 screening INVISIBLE ESSENCE: THE LITTLE PRINCE, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY), AKILLA’S ESCAPE weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,000 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks.
- Toronto International Film Festival 2020
- Charles Officer
- Executive Producer
- Martin Katz, Michael A. Levine, Karen Wookey, Reservoir
- Jake Yanowski, Charles Officer
- Charles Officer, Wendy “Motion” Braithwaite
- Maya Bankovic
- Andres Landau
- Saul Williams, Robert "3D" Del Naja
- Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Prendergast, Ronnie Rowe Jr.