LA-based Nigerian filmmaker Pascal Atuma’s comedy feature titled “LAPD African Cops,” may have come at what could possibly be the worst of times, given all that’s happening in Ferguson, MO, with regards to the shooting death of teen Michael Brown, which led to ongoing protests, practically all over the world, as well as reactions to police officers over the years by African Americans, notably the LAPD, who have routinely been the subjects (and not admirably) of tracks by rap groups like N.W.A.
The film, written and directed by Atuma, who also co-stars in it, made in the spirit of Pan Africanism, employing Nigerian and black American talents, is set for release this year, although no word yet on whether it’ll play in USA theaters.
Produced by Oscar Atuma & Pascal Atuma, and co-produced by Ime Etuk, the movie tells the story of 2 “Africans” (I assume they’re Nigerians, given that the filmmakers are Nigerian – the synopsis doesn’t say) who come to America and join the Los Angeles Police Department (the notorious LAPD). They are commissioned to patrol the streets of Los Angeles, and, as you’d expect, hijinx and hilarity ensue, as the pair decide “to judge the streets using African culture, norms and values” (whatever that is) as the email I received states.
Africa is not a country, right?
Pascal Atuma and Oscar Atuma star in the film as the “African cops,” with a cast that includes names of Black American actors you’d likely recognize, like, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Luenell Campbell, Dorien Wilson, Brian Hooks, Mari Morrow, Jaszmin Lewis), Trina Mcgee, Bless Brown Vera, Tonya Lee Williams and, Caryn Ward-Ross.
LAPD AFRICAN COPS is a film that will use comedy to deliver several messages for the betterment of the society at large. Be you American, Asian, African, British etc, there is a message for you in this film, and you will laugh till you drop while receiving the message. LAPD African Cops is a production of “THE ATUMA BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL -TABI” in association with “AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP – AEG”