Akilla's Escape is a drama film, directed by Charles Officer and released in 2020. The film stars Saul Williams as Akilla, a marijuana dealer retiring from the business following legalization, who tries to rescue a young boy (Thamela Mpumlwana) from being drawn into a life of crime.
|Directed by||Charles Officer|
|Produced by||Jake Yanowski|
|Written by||Charles Officer|
Wendy Motion Brathwaite
|Music by||Robert Del Naja|
|Edited by||Andres Landau|
The film, which Officer began writing in 2010, was inspired by the police crackdown on the Toronto chapter of the Shower Posse crime gang. Its cast also includes Vic Mensa, Oluniké Adeliyi, Ronnie Rowe, Theresa Tova and Brandon Oakes.
Writing for Now and The Georgia Straight, Norman Wilner wrote that "Officer does something else with Akilla’s Escape that I’m hesitant to discuss, but when you see it you’ll hopefully be as stunned and impressed as I was. It’s not a plot twist, but rather a creative decision that pays off absolutely brilliantly over the course of the movie, giving flesh to its central metaphor and making the story play on at least two different levels above and beyond what happens in the narrative."
- "Akilla's Escape". TIFF. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
- Radheyan Simonpillai, "Planet Africa returns for TIFF 2020". Now, August 25, 2020.
- Rachel West, "TIFF Unveils More Films, Including David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut, In Conversation With Halle Berry, Saoirse Ronan, More". ET Canada, August 25, 2020.
- "Akilla's Escape (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
- Norman Wilner, "VIFF review: Akilla’s Escape puts a grounded spin on the gangland thriller". The Georgia Straight, September 14, 2020.
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