This Caribbean Born Film Director Tells A Pan African Tale In “Hero”

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Frances-Anne Solomon, director of HERO.


News Americas, WASHINGTON, DC, Fri. Feb. 15, 2019: Caribbean-born film director, Frances-Anne Solomon, is making waves this Black History Month with her Pan African film, “HERO.”

Solomon, who was born in Trinidad but is part of the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, cleverly weaves narrative voice over, documentary style footage and cinematic drama to tell the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941, left his small island of Trinidad and Tobago to seek his fortune, and became the Royal Air Force’s most decorated West Indian.

Then his life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the African independence movements sweeping the world in the 50s and 60s.

“I believe we as Caribbean people are comfortable travelling, even if it’s only in our imaginations. We’re always restless. There’s always that sense of movement and of going somewhere that I think goes back to that first journey from Africa.  It explains a lot to me about myself as well, because I definitely see myself as a global citizen,” commented Solomon.

The HERO World Tour kicks off at TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 28th at 7 p.m. There will be an Encore Screening at Westdale Cinema, Hamilton, Ontario Canada on March 6th at 6.30 p.m., in celebration of Ghana Independence Day.

View the HERO TRAILER here.

In an interview with ByBlacks.com, Solomon shared her thoughts about the movement and the challenges of making the film. Read the full interview here on ByBlacks.com.

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