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Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

Sprinter

2018, Storm Saulter, USA/Jamaica, 114 min.
With Dale Elliott, David Alan Grier

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 23rd 4:15pm
  • Sun, Aug 25th 3:00pm

“Makes a mad dash straight for the audience’s gut…elicits the kind of exuberant glee emblematic of so many great sports films.”—Courtney Howard, Variety

In this rousing sports drama from Jamaica, a youthful athlete’s future is thrown off course by family dysfunction and a desire to please the absent mother who departed for the U.S. ten years before and never returned. Director Saulter (BETTER MUS’ COME) combines the thrills and tension of competitive running with an engaging story with true Jamaican flavor. High school track runner Akeem (Elliott) tries unsuccessfully to match his older brother Germaine’s record, until his perceptive coach (Grier) urges him to switch events to become a sprinter. Suddenly a newly acclaimed star dubbed the “Rasta Rocket,” Akeem finds his dreams within reach, but jealous Germaine, now a scammer and drug dealer, dangles dangerous temptations before his naïve younger brother. DCP digital. (BS)

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