A QUIET STORM STRIKES: Are you Ready for Revolution?

Fantasy meets political thriller in Quiet Storm, a film centered on the acts of four characters – Baku, Tiko, Yaya and Kwame – who meet at a gathering of Pan-African activists in Gambia, West Africa.

At this Pan-African meeting, the men decide that for there to be a positive change in the social and economic situation of Africans at home and throughout the Diaspora, some of the problems with leadership must be rectified. They confront the corrupt, puppet African leaders and their powerful patrons in the West and face-off against their rivals from the underworld.

The deeply committed, honest and reflective Baku – the main character – leads the band of self-professed “Robin-Hoodlums” as they work to redistribute the misappropriated resources of the African continent to alleviate the suffering of their land and their people.

In Quiet Storm, very important questions are raised regarding the appropriate strategies to throw off the yoke of colonial rulers who exploit Africa’s land and people.

While there is plenty of action, there is no gratuitous violence.  However, this movie does contain some violent imagery and strong language.

The film’s director, Shango B’Song, says about his hard-hitting film: “Quiet Storm, for me, was a film that showed us taking active steps to resolve some of the problems affecting our people.  It placed four Black men on an equal intellectual and political footing with our oppressors.  The lead characters indicted, judged and executed those who, in their view, were responsible for committing genocide on our people.  Secondly, we wanted to use the film to raise funds for some organizations that were taking pro-active steps to resolving some of the problems that affect our people.

Touted as the UK’s first independent Black feature film, Quiet Storm has a cast of 248 actors, was shot in over 52 locations, has scenes with helicopter crashes and includes extensive CGI work, all while totally and independently funded by Black people, which – in itself – is a revolution.

Wrath of the SiafuWe must take control of the images of Black people put before us. We must counter these negative images with creative control and we must support our Black artists.

Lately, I have been bitten by the Fantasy / Political Thriller bug and in fact, three of my novels – A Single LinkFist of Africa and Wrath of the Siafu – are Fantasy / Political Thriller / Martial Arts mash-ups, which deal with issues of police brutality, racism, sexism and the use of biological warfare on people of Afrikan descent.

For those interested in seeing Quiet Storm, look no further…well, actually look below this paragraph. Enjoy!

 

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

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