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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

The story of Chantel, a precocious Brooklyn teen who’s determined to be more than ‘a girl from around the way.’

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USA 1993
Dir Leslie Harris
With Ariyan A Johnson
Certificate 15

In this lively trip back to the 1990s, complete with a female-dominated soundtrack, Harris digs beneath the ‘sassy urban’ archetype with a story about the lives of people we think we know. In a captivating debut, Johnson plays precocious a Brooklyn teen Chantel, who’s headed for medical school and determined to be more than ‘a girl from around the way’.

+ Cycles
USA 1989. Dir Zeinabu irene Davis. 17min
A psycho-spiritual journey about youth and fertility created from the film language of the African diaspora and drawing on the images of Yoruba orisha, Caribbean folklore, animation and live action.

Cycles digital presentation courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.

L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is a project by UCLA Film & Television Archive developed as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.


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