HERO, the highly acclaimed feature film inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidad and Tobago citizen, diplomat and judge Ulric Cross, won the newly created Ja’Net Feature Narrative Award at the 28th Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), held recently in West Hollywood.
“We are proud to be the recipient of this inaugural award in honour of Ja’Net. HERO is a film about a Pan African trailblazer, and it resonated deeply with audiences at this festival,” says Frances-Anne Solomon, who wrote, produced and directed the film.
“It spoke to the heart of what PAFF is about and connected the dots for many people who lived this history and were not aware of the pivotal role that many Caribbean professionals like Ulric Cross played in the Pan-African Liberation movements.”
The Ja’ Net Feature Narrative Award was named in honour of PAFF co-founder, actress Ja’ Net Dubois, who died during this year’s festival.
She was best known for her role as Willona in the TV series, Good Times.
In Hero,the lead role of Ulric Cross is played by Trinidadian singer/songwriter Nickolai Salcedo. St. Lucia-born Joseph Marcell who is still affectionately called Jeffrey from his role in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air plays Trinidadian cultural historian and political activist CLR James. Other cast members and cameos include Canadian Peter William’s (of Stargate-SG1) who plays ‘Pony’ and superstar Ghanaian actors John Dumelo and Adjetey Anang with Jimmy Akingbola playing the part of Kwame Nkrumah.
PAFF is the largest Black film festival in the United States