Bajan/Nigerian director Akin Omotoso’s new feature film MAN ON GROUND has been selected for screening at TIFF.
Based in South Africa where he is well-known as a television actor, Akin explored his Bajan roots in Gathering The Scattered Cousins, a moving cinematic elegy to his Bajan mother, following her death from cancer. This was screened at the opening night of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival in 2009. He has also recently visited and worked in Barbados.
MAN ON GROUND, starring LA-based Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem, is “..a bold and exacting portrayal of rising xenophobia in South Africa. Omotoso casts the story of a young Nigerian man living in the African refugee tenements of Johannesburg who disappears against the background of animosity against immigrants flaring into violent rioting. In the span of a single night, his brother, on a short visit from London, tries to elucidate the mystery.” (TIFF) If you are in Toronto in September, don’t miss it.