Lead actor Saul Williams will be hosting an in-person Q&A following the Friday night show! Journalist-writer Beandrea July will moderate.
'Akilla's Escape' may only cover one very bad night in the life of a city, but its power will stick with you for days, even weeks.
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. 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.
Crime, Drama, African-American Experience
Charles Officer, Wendy Motion Brathwaite
Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Vic Mensa