Akilla's Escape

Akilla Brown is 40 years old, and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis growing operation he runs is legitimate. Only one year into government-approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery. In the aftermath of the heist, Akilla captures one of the thieves, a mute 15-year-old boy named Sheppard.

Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he had escaped.


Akilla Brown
Saul Williams
Sheppard and Young Akilla
Thamela Mpumlwana
Vic Mensa
Donisha Prendergast
Oluniké Adeliyi
Ronnie Rowe Jr.
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Akilla's Escape

Charles Officer

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Canada, United States 2020
en. OF ohne UT
DCP, Color, 90min
2.39:1, Discrete 5.1

Director & Crew

Charles Officer 1

Charles Officer

Born in Toronto/Canada in 1976. Studied Communication Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) before becoming a professional ice hockey player in the UK. Active as writer, actor and director.


2008 NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, Spielfilm

2012 MIGHTY JEROME, Dokumentarfilm

2017 UNARMED VERSES, Dokumentarfilm


2020 AKILLA’S ESCAPE, Spielfilm  HOF 2021

“AKILLA’S ESCAPE was born from my passion to expose a vicious cycle of violence that has devastated and debilitated young Black boys for generations. I wanted to delve deeper into this epidemic and create a character study framed within a crime-noir that spans Jamaica, New York, and Toronto. I wanted to connect the genesis of Jamaican gang culture at the height of political unrest during the late 1970s and reference the historic role political factions have played in the sustainability of criminal organizations and the ways they continue that role to this day.”

Charles Officer
Director of Photography
Maya Bankovic
Andres Landau
Production Designer
Diana Abbatangelo
Costume Designer
Jeannette Linton
Casting Director
Nicole Hilliard-Forde
Music Composer
Saul Williams
Executive Producer
Martin F. Katz
Karen Wookey
Michael A. Levine