BBFC rating: 12A
Director: Frances-Anne Solomon
Starring: Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City), Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Fraser James (Terminator: Dark Fate) and starring Trinidad’s Nickolai Salcedo as Ulric Cross.
The Story: In 1941 Ulric Cross, a young man from Trinidad, left his island home to seek his fortune. He survived the Second World War as the RAF’s most decorated West Indian airman, but then his life followed a very different course, leading him to become a central figure in the independence movements sweeping Africa in the ’50s and ’60s.
HERO is not just about Cross’s extraordinary life and journey but about the dynamic and transformative times in which he lived. It tells the untold story of those Caribbean professionals who helped to liberate Africa from colonialism, shining a light on an important chapter in Caribbean history, and on Caribbean identity itself.
As part of a UK wide celebration of Black History Month and beyond, Hero is screening with a special Q&A hosted by Pempeople and Peter Ramrayka with writer/director/producer Frances-Anne Solomon and lead actor Nickolai Salcedo plus special guests to be announced.
About the hosts
Pempeople’s (People Empowering People’s) mission is to facilitate and develop the growth and empowerment of our target communities from within, through structured, challenging, rewarding engagement. Alongside our aim to increase, highlight and promote the achievements and successes of disadvantaged communities within society, we help disadvantaged people and communities identify their strengths, enhance their skills, and realise their true potential by helping themselves.
Peter Ramrayka is a Royal Air Force veteran (1961-70) and served in Cyprus 63/64 gaining the General Service and United Nation medals. He is Chairman of Indo-Caribbean Organisation and worked in the NHS and the Department of Health for over 30 years in various senior/top management positions.