‘Africa’s Denzel Washington’ to visit the Twin Cities on Sunday

The name Van Vicker might not set your pulse racing, but apparently in Ghana, indeed in Africa, Van is the man. Now the Twin Cities Black Film Festival is bringing him the the Twin Cities for the local premier of his new film “Raj the Dancer.”

Van Vicker (Image courtesy VanVickerLive.com)

Van Vicker (he has dropped his first name Joseph) is a 32 year old star of the up-and-coming Ghanaian movie industry. He has made 50 movies, usually playing the romantic lead. You can get a sense of how his fans feel by visiting his web site.

“He’s the Denzel Washington of Africa,” says the TCBFF’s Natalie Morrow, shortly after admitting she hadn’t heard of him until recently either. This is Vicker’s second trip to the Twin Cities. He was here two years ago to promote his movie “American Boy.” Apparently fans spotted him shortly after he arrived at the airport.

“He was pretty much mobbed,” said Morrow. “He’s a good actor – and he’s a good-looking actor. I think that’s what’s the draw.” She says his fan base is overwhelmingly female, but not just African. She says his visits to the US have earned him fans from all over.

Morrow says she has been dealing with Vicker personally as they organize the screening. “He’s such a nice guy,” she said.

The screening of “Raj the Dancer” will be at 7pm at the Earl Brown Community Center in Brooklyn Center on Sunday evening. There will then be a meet and greet at the Blue Nile restaurant on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis from 10 until 2 am.

The Van Vicker event is just a warm up for the TCBFF, which is set for September 18th-20th. The event will open with a special showing of “The Wiz,” the Michael Jackson Diana Ross reworking of “The Wizard of Oz.”