6, 12 & 19 September
Akeem hopes a rise in the track and field world will take him to the U.S.
Directed by Storm Saulter Sprinter is the coming-of-age story of Akeem Sharp, who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track and field world will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising stardom is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who inserts himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping his scam artist hustle. Not only does Akeem have to prove to himself and everyone that he can succeed, but also overcome the struggles that may ultimately bring him down.
The film also stars Kadeem Wilson (Ghett’ A Life), Dennis Titus (The Mighty Quinn), Shantol Jackson (Yardie), Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color) with songs by Grammy Award winning artist NE-YO and Jamaican dancehall performer Shenseea. Executive produced by Jada and Will Smith along with NBA Veteran and NBA personality Richard Jefferson.
With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.