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Watch A Trailer For John Boyega’s “Next Movie,” The Sundance 2014 Drama 'Imperial Dreams'

John Boyega's "next movie" will be the Malik Vitthal-directed, Flying Lotus-scored Sundance 2014 drama 'Imperial Dreams.'

John Boyega in Malik Vitthal's Imperial Dreams


In 2014, a pre-Star Wars John Boyega drew Sundance acclaim for his anti-hero turn in the Los Angeles-set drama Imperial Dreams. The Malik Vitthal-directed, Flying Lotus-scored movie, which won the Best of NEXT Audience Award that year at Sundance, sees Boyega star as Bambi, a 21-year-old young dad determined to break free from his life of crime and violence after he’s released from prison and returns to the Imperial Courts housing projects of Watts, L.A.

In a Shadow & Act review, Jai Tiggett had the following to say about Boyega’s performance:

This is a world where violence and corruption are prevalent, but also where black men, even presumed villains and thugs, actively demonstrate love, fear, and affection. It's in this complex emotional territory that Boyega shines brightest, showing equal parts toughness and vulnerability. The "Attack The Block" star plays the role of Bambi with a maturity that reaches far beyond his 21 years, reflecting both his talent and the harsh realities of the character, who isn't afforded the luxury of an easy childhood.

Yesterday, Shadow & Act shared an update on the film. It’s currently being shopped for distributors (Shortly after it premiered two years ago, Boyega was cast in Star Wars–hence the delay getting Dreams to theaters). The good news is that two years since its Sundance debut, the film’s star has gone on to star in, well, the biggest movie in the world.

Watch Boyega in the Imperial Dreams trailer below.

From the looks of it, Boyega is just as excited about the possibility of Imperial Dreams headed to theaters as we are.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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