When Stargate SG1 actor Peter Williams and director Frances-Anne Solomon hit the red carpet in Toronto to kick off the Caribbean Tales Film Festival on Sept. 5, disadvantaged children in Trinidad & Tobago will be the big winners.
Solomon and her cast will tout their Trinidad-set drama Hero - Inspired by the Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, while profits from the gala screening will go to The Cotton Tree Foundation, which provides support and services to Trinidadian youth.
"Ultimately, the story is about us, and who we are as Caribbean people and as citizens of the world," Solomon said of her film in a statement ahead of her premiere.
The NGO was co-founded in 1993 by a group of Trinidadian citizens, including the late Ulric Cross, and offers training and education to youth in areas of high crime and unemployment in Port of Spain.
Based in that city's St Ann's and Belmont districts, the Cotton Tree foundation aims to boost life opportunities for young people, either via an early childhood care and education centre for pre-schoolers, or the Homework Centre, which provides an oasis for study, with teachers on hand for additional tutoring.
As well as promoting the charitable cause, Solomon's Hero will introduce movie-goers to Cross, played by Nickolai Salcedo, a war hero, broadcaster, lawyer, judge and diplomat.
Along with co-founder Desmond Allum, Cross saw a need to help young Trinidadians through education with The Cotton Tree Foundation.
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