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Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Liberian Migrant Drama ‘Out Of My Hand,’ In Theaters Tomorrow

Ava DuVernay’s Array will premiere the Liberian migrant drama 'Out Of My Hand' as part of a double theatrical release with 'Ayanda.'

Bishop Blay (Cisco) in 'Out Of My Hand'


Check out Part 1 of Okayafrica's exclusive clips from Takeshi Fukunaga’s ‘Out Of My Hand’

Tomorrow, Ava DuVernay’s Array distribution company will release Takeshi Fukunaga’s Liberian migrant drama Out Of My Hand in U.S. theaters as part of the organization’s ongoing mission to propel independent films by women and filmmakers of color.

Fukunaga’s debut feature tells the story of Cisco, a struggling Liberian rubber plantation worker who, in the aftermath of a workers’ strike and a failed attempt at unionization, moves to Staten Island’s close-knit Liberian community and starts a new life as a New York City cab driver.

Fukunaga, a 33-year-old Japanese filmmaker based in New York, shot the first half of the project in Liberia with an all Liberian cast. For many of the actors, this was their first time being involved in film. The project also happens to be the second narrative feature film shot in Liberia by a foreign production.

In February, the film had its world premiere in the Panorama section at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, and in June it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Out Of My Hand will debut in New York and Los Angeles tomorrow as part of Array’s double theatrical release alongside Sara Blecher’s girl-power-themed South African coming-of-age drama Ayanda.

Says Array’s Executive Director Tilane Jones, “AYANDA and OUT OF MY HAND are films that represent the breadth and width of diverse filmmaking. A drama dissecting love in all forms directed by a South African woman and a story of migration and masculinity directed by a Harlem-based Japanese man, both starring all-black casts, prove to be a powerful duo.”

On Monday, we premiered the first of two exclusive clips from Out Of My Hand. In the second of the two clips, we see Cisco–now a cab driver living in New York City–as he's haunted by an encounter with someone from his past.

Watch below.

Opening week theatrical releases for Out of My Hand and Ayanda:

November 13 IFC Center in New York

November 13 AMC Loews 34th street in New York

November 13 at Downtown Independent in Los Angeles

November 13 at Imagenation RAW Space in New York

November 18 at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York

One-night tour engagements for Out Of My Hand:

November 14 at Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens in Atlanta, GA

November 17 at the African American Museum presented by Reelblack in Philadelphia, PA

November 20 at Imagenation RAW Space in New York, NY

November 22 at Pure Art Literary Café in Montgomery, AL

November 24 at Ark Lodge Cinema in Seattle, WA

November 26 at Houston Museum of African American Culture in Houston, TX

December 1 at South Brunswick Islands Center in Calabash, NC

December 6 at Museum of Fine Art Boston in Boston, MA

December 8 at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC

December 12 at The Artist Bloc in Greensboro, NC

One-night tour engagements for Ayanda:

November 13 at Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.

November 14 at Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens in Atlanta, GA

November 17 at the African American Museum presented by Reelblack in Philadelphia, PA

November 19 at the Houston Museum of African American Culture in Houston, TX

November 22 at Pure Artistry Literary Café in Montgomery, AL

November 24 at Ark Lodge Cinema in Seattle, WA

December 1 at South Brunswick Islands Center in Calabash, NC

December 5 at Arts Emerson presented by Reel Life Experience in Boston, MA

December 5 at The Artist Bloc in Greensboro, NC

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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