The exciting biopic HERO inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidad war veteran Ulric Cross, and produced and directed by Frances-Anne Solomon, received rave reviews at it’s US premiere in New York City last week May 30. It was Opening Night film for the New York African Film Festival held at the prestigious ‘Film at Lincoln Center .’
Next stop on the film’s World Tour, is Washington DC today, Thursday, June 6 at 7:15pm. In recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month, AFI Silver (the American Film Institute in DC) is proud to host the DC Caribbean Film Fest, now in its 19th year. The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of the World Bank and IMF staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and Africa World Now Project. Featuring 18 films from nine countries, this year’s festival also opens with HERO – INSPIRED BY THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE & TIMES OF MR. ULRIC CROSS, the acclaimed new film about Trinidadian soldier, jurist and diplomat Ulric Cross.
Shot in Trinidad, the UK, Ghana and Canada, HERO is the story of a young man who in 1941 left his small island home in Trinidad to seek his fortune and become the British Royal Air Force’s most decorated West Indian airman. His life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the independence movements sweeping Africa in the 1950s and ’60s. As mentioned, Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, HERO boasts an all-star, international and pan-African cast including Jamaican-born Peter Williams(STARGATE SG-1); the UK’s Joseph Marcell (FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR), Fraser James (RESIDENT EVIL) and Pippa Nixon (JOHN CARTER); Ghanaian superstars John Dumelo and Adjetey Anang and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo in the lead role as Ulric Cross.
Taken partly from the Washington Post