Akilla’s Escape (2020)

Through flashbacks and present-day turmoil, we see a man coming to terms with his life and trying to save a younger man from the same dangers in Akilla’s Escape.

Akilla (Saul Williams) carries a legacy he doesn’t want. After growing up with a notorious drug lord as a father and becoming a marijuana dealer himself, he is no longer fulfilled. With growing competition and legalization moving in, Akilla plans for a more peaceful life. That all changes when he walks into a robbery at his grow-op, fighting them off and catching one of the thieves. Seeing himself in the boy left behind, he decides to take pity on the kid who walks the same path he did, but things soon become more complicated, drastically changing Akilla’s plans.

With gorgeous cinematography, moving performances, and a compelling story, Akilla’s Escape gives an in-depth look at a drug dealer and his demons. Written by the film’s director Charles Officer and Toronto poet and playwright Wendy Motion Braithwaite, this neo-noir crime drama approaches a dangerous world with thoughtfulness, history and a human touch not usually seen. The film stars Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Olunike Adeliyi, Colm Feore, Brandon Oakes, and Ronnie Rowe.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette


Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana




Black Stories, TIFF

Canadian connection

Directed by Charles Officer, Written by Charles Officer and Wendy Motion Braithwaite
Toronto, Ontario