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  • Thu 17 Oct
  • 111 minutes
  • Director: Frances-Anne Solomon
  • Cast: Jimmy Akingbola, Joseph Marcell, Fraser James, Nickolai Salcedo
  • Trinidad and Tobago (2018)


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 Black History Studies with writer/director/producer Frances-Anne Solomon and lead actor Nickolai Salcedo plus special guests to be announced.

About the host:

Black History Studies was launched in March 2007 by husband and wife team Mark and Charmaine Simpson because they noticed that our community wanted to learn about their history from an African perspective but there were no real outlet offering a range of learning opportunities. Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves.