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Yelling To The Sky

Billy Mulligan (Producer)

Zoë Kravitz (Actress)

Victoria Mahoney (Director)

Gabourey Sidibe (Actress)

Anatol Weber (Moderator)

Billy Mulligan (Producer)

Zoë Kravitz (Actress)

Victoria Mahoney (Director)

Gabourey Sidibe (Actress)

Anatol Weber (Moderator)

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Life is anything but sweet for 17-year-old Sweetness O’Hara. Her family life lacks warmth and, at school and on the street, she finds herself the target of naked aggression. One day when she is out riding her bike in her neighbourhood, some kids block her path, demanding that she hands over her bike. Sweetness resists, but is beaten to the ground by the gang and their leader – Latonya – a notorious bruiser. Luckily, Sweetness’ older sister Ola appears on the scene and saves her from her predicament.
But Sweetness won’t be able to rely on Ola for much longer; at home shortly afterwards Sweetness’ white father, Gordon, an aggressive drinker, and her black mother, Lorene, have a fight. When her father gets violent, her mother leaves home and Ola decides to join her. From now on Sweetness must look after herself. She does so – with astonishing determination. With the help of local celebrity Roland she manages to earn herself a bit of street credibility and, before long, two of her erstwhile rivals, Fatima and Jojo, become her allies. With their support, she dares to attempt a head-on collision with Latonya – and succeeds in beating her rival to a pulp in front of the other pupils.
All at once, the pecking order is turned upside down. Sweetness becomes an increasingly loudmouthed bully. Only when her mother and sister come back into the family fold, does Sweetness come to the realisation that she is now the author of the kind of aggression which used to make her own life a misery …

USA 2010, 96 min

by

Victoria Mahoney

with

Zoë Kravitz
Gabourey Sidibe
Tim Blake Nelson

World Sales

Elephant Eye Films