HYDE PARK directed by Mark Harris - A dramady about an Nigerian American Lawyer - July 14th - In Theaters - AmNews Curtain Raiser

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HYDE PARK directed by Mark Harris - A dramady about an Nigerian American Lawyer - July 14th - In Theaters



HYDE PARK, a riveting film about a Nigerian American lawyer who takes on the challenge of defending a well-connected gay client from Uganda, is coming to theatres beginning Thursday, July 14.   This dramedy tackles several topics considered “taboo” in the Black and African communities such as acceptance of the LGBTQ+ Community and the mixing of romantic relationships between the two communities.  In the film, Hyde Park is an affluent neighborhood in Chicago where these cultural differences still exist. The message in HYDE PARK is to love whomever you choose, unconditionally. The film is being released in Studio Movie Grill theatres in five markets including Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Dallas.  

Executive Producer Lotten Yeaney commented “I made HYDE PARK with the intention of bringing attention to the separations that are happening in the U.S., despite living in the most diverse country in the world.  The idea of strictly adhering to one’s cultural norms does not allow for growth or change.  As much as our cultural differences celebrate us, they can also bring on shame.  I hope viewers will watch this film and have a positive takeaway about the power of standing up for what is right and loving unconditionally.”  


About the film:  A Nigerian-American attorney, David Eguasa (Kenneth Okolie), is tasked with saving his client Eric Deng (Xavier McKnight) from deportation, all while defining his cultural identity in a romantic relationship with his American girlfriend.  To make matters more complicated, his client is gay, which goes against his Nigerian upbringing.  He's conflicted about accepting the challenge and possibly becoming a partner at his law firm or rejecting the challenge and erasing all that he has built at the law firm. Along with this very challenging deportation case, his personal life is falling apart as well. His mother wants him to be with a traditional Nigerian woman, and his father wants him to continue to be a successful lawyer. The challenge is that he's in love with a Black American woman he works with named Lola (Dawn Halfkenny).  Even though David’s group of friends come from multiple walks of life and are accepted by his parents, his mother can't see him being married to anyone other than a Nigerian woman. It’s now or never, David can accept things as they are or fight for what he really wants. 


The film was directed by Mark Harris; Written by Marvin Nelson and Lotten Yeaney, and Executive Produced by Lotten Yeaney of L10 Group along with Lou Rago and Garçon Morweh.  


For more information, visit the production website at www.theL10group.com or follow the film on social channels, Instagram @hydepark_movie or Facebook @Hydeparkmovie2021, #HydeParkMovie.

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