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American Director To Debut Film About Liberian Rubber-Plantation Worker In Search Of Better Life

Ava DuVernay, director of Oscar-nominated movie Selma, recently announced that her  film distribution collective, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) is re-branding and relaunching as Array.

The brand will broaden beyond a Black filmmakers-only mantra to include Asian, Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern  directors & filmmakers.

According to a press release, one film currently being released under the new Array brand is Out of My Hand – a movie by Brooklyn-based Japanese director Takeshi Fukunaga. The story follows a Liberian rubber plantation worker who journeys to New York for a better life as a cab driver.

There will be screenings in cities throughout the United States and Europe. The film will eventually be available worldwide through online platforms like Netflix.


In spring 2013, Takeshi Fukunaga traveled to Liberia and shot half of the film in association with the Liberia Movie Union. Out of My Hand is only the second foreign-production narrative feature film ever shot in Liberia and the first to be made in association with the Liberia Movie Union.

He completed the production of the movie in New York in summer 2014.

The film makes use of rarely-seen locations in tandem with and professional talent and non-actors ; it captures the lives of common plantation workers in Liberia, while also making use of a characteristic contemporary visual style.

In June of 2015, Out of My Hand won the U.S. Fiction award at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Watch a short clip of Out of My Hand below:


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