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‘Sprinter’ | The track to freedom

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Akeem (Dale Elliot) speeds to reunite with his mother in ‘Sprinter’.

Sprinter tells the 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 United States to reunite him with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for more than a decade.

But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping or perhaps enhancing 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.

Sprinter features some of Jamaica’s best talent, headlined by director by Storm Saulter. The cast includes Dale Elliot, Kadeem Wilson, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black), David Alan Grier, Bryshere Y. Gray ( Empire), and Usain Bolt (as himself). Jamaica’s Robert A. Maylor has written the screenplay based upon characters created by Storm Saulter.