Foreign Focus is a monthly series screening the best contemporary films from across the globe. As a space for cultural enrichment, we understand how essential it is to expose our audiences to different realities and perspectives. With the creation of this series, we want our audience to explore the world through striking images and thought provoking content.
Our hope is that Foreign Focus will transport viewers to awe-inspiring places, introduce different traditions, and foster appreciation in the diversity of human interaction.
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Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman
Jean Capalbo and Craig Chattin
Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path," he encounters the man who shot his brother and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution--a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).
Directed by Idris Elba.
Preceded by the following short film, in honor of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month:
My Father’s Tools (7 minutes), Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq)
Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft.