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The 10th Bahamas International Film Festival will close tonight at the Atlantis Theater and American film actor, Dennis Haysbert will be in attendance, along with the Bahamas Prime Minister and other local dignitaries.
Golden Globe nominated Haysbert stars in the Closing Night Film, "The Black Moses"
, a film about the life and times of Sir Lynden Oscar
Pindling, the first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
regarded as the "Father of the Nation" in The Bahamas led it to
independence in 1973 and served as Prime Minister of The Bahamas from
1969 to 1992. He was leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from
1965 to 1997 when he resigned from public life. He died in 2000.
"The Black Moses" is said to be a documentary and will feature
commentary from widow Dame Marguerite Pindling; American minister and
civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, American politician, diplomat,
activist and pastor Andrew Young; Sir Sidney Poitier; former South
African President Thabo Mbeki (for Nelson Mandela); former Canadian PM
Brian Mulroney; Former Jamaican PM PJ Patterson, musician Wyclef Jean;
and many other international luminaries.
Director Travolta writes on his IMDB page,
"Was L.O Pindling, first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas, one of
history's greatest national Liberators, or was he one of history's
greatest national Drug Dealers? The Black Moses takes a looks at the
popular folk 'moses mythology' as it was manifested through the life and
times of Sir Lynden Pindling. It follows L.O Pindling as he sets on a
course to bring about social, political, and economic revolution to the
British Bahama Islands."
Dennis Haysbert has been known to spend much
time in The Bahamas, and was honoured at the 2011 FLIFF on Location:
Grand Bahama Island film festival offshoot of Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival with a Career Achievement Award. He has appeared in such films such
Waiting to Exhale, and
Love & Basketball;
aside from being the face and voice of Allstate Insurance, he has played the president of the United States on
24 and led the cast in CBS series,
his Facebook fan page he wrote, "Now
three years in the making, we're working steadily to deliver to you the
best movie possible."
Dennis Haysbert to star in film about The Bahamas' first Prime Minister -
May 10, 2013 - 1:45:06 PM
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