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Akilla Brown is 40 years-old, and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government-approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and he decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery.

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.
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  • Runtime
    90 minutes
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  • Premiere
  • Director
    Charles Officer
  • Screenwriter
    Charles Officer, Wendy “Motion” Braithwaite
  • Producer
    Jake Yanowski, Charles Officer
  • Executive Producer
    Martin Katz, Michael A. Levine, Karen Wookey, Reservoir
  • Cast
    Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Prendergast, Ronnie Rowe Jr.
  • Cinematographer
    Maya Bankovic
  • Editor
    Andres Landau
  • Music
    Saul Williams, Robert "3D" Del Naja