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The Fits

11-year-old African-American tomboy Toni joins a dance team and struggles to find acceptance.

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USA 2015
Dir Anna Rose Holmer
With Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Makyla Burnam, Lauren Gibson
Certificate 12A

A punchy portrait of 11-year-old Toni, an African-American tomboy from Cincinnati who joins a tightly knit dance team. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is thwarted.

Bassam & Riz: Dance. Movement. Coming of age. A testament to the importance of strong female authorship. This is the kind of work that is made when women are given control of writing, directing, producing and editing.

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