Hero: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life And Times Of Mr. Ulric Cross

Canada/Trinidad & Tobago 2018 · Director & Screenplay: Frances-Anne Solomon, Akley Olton, Nickolai Salcedo · Cinematography: Robert Macfarlane, Steve Marshall, Akley Olton u.a. • Starring: Nickolai Salcedo, Peter Williams, Joseph Marcell, John Dumelo, Pippa Nixon, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Fraser James, Jimmy Akingbola, Adjety Anang, OC Ukeje · engl.OmU · 110 minutes

In 1941, young Ulric Cross leaves his native island of Trinidad to seek his fortune in the British Royal Air Force. He becomes the most decorated pilot in the Antilles. But after the end of World War II, his life takes a decisive turn. Trained as a lawyer, he becomes an advisor to various African independence movements in the 1950s and 1960s, in which he eventually assumes key positions.

In her film, director Frances-Anne Solomon mixes footage shot by Ulric Cross’ daughter with historical archival footage from the U.S., Trinidad, Europe and Africa, as well as acted scenes. In the form of a docu-drama, the filmmaker traces the life of Ulric Cross and thus also presents a tribute to the people from the Diaspora of the Antilles who dedicated their lives to the liberation of Africa from colonialism.