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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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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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