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Dennis Haysbert in The Bahamas for BIFF Closing Night Film, "The Black Moses"
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Dec 8, 2013 - 2:11:58 PM

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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. 

Pindling, 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 AwardHe has appeared in such films such as Waiting to Exhale, and Love & Basketballand on television, 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, The Unit

On 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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