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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

1h 32m Drama, Films, Talks & Events 1993

With hopes of becoming a doctor and not a product of her environment, a Brooklyn teenager is faced with numerous challenges that threaten her dreams.

With hopes of becoming a doctor and not a product of her environment, a Brooklyn teenager is faced with numerous challenges that threaten her dreams.

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Writer-director Leslie Harris revolutionized and broke new ground in American cinema when her film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. premiered at the Festival of Festivals in 1992. It was one of the first films to focus intimately on the perspective of a young Black woman. Growing up in Brooklyn, Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan A. Johnson) is a determined and witty high-school junior with big dreams of becoming a doctor. Her dreams are soon put aside as an unplanned pregnancy forces her to re-examine her future. With bold, vibrant energy, Harris explores intersecting themes of race and Black identity, abortion and access to health care, and the struggles faced by the working class of America. Thirty years after its acclaimed debut, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is a joy to watch, and remains, to this day, one of the most honest and real Black coming-of-age films of all time.

SAHARLA UGAS, 2020–2022 TIFF NEXT WAVE COMMITTEE

Official Selection, 1992 Festival of Festivals

This event is co-presented by TIFF Cinematheque and TIFF Next Wave.

Content advisory: violence, sexual content, coarse language

Director

Leslie Harris

Language

English

Captions

English [cc]

Country

USA