“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. Akilla Brown is forty-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 Akilla 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. 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’d escaped.
Feature (90mins) Narrative | Canada
Charles Officer is a writer, director, producer and founder of Canesugar Mediaworks. A former creative director and graphic designer, his film works include the crime-noir “Akilla’s Escape” (TIFF 2020). His feature documentary film, “Mighty Jerome”, earned him his first Emmy. “Unarmed Verses” received Best Feature awards at Hot Docs, Vancouver International Festival and TIFF Top Ten Festival. Officer is committed to realising work that amplifies people of colour and integrates the arts.