Enjoy this sneak peek of the 2017 MIFF program. The full program will be announced on 11 July 2017.
Tickets for selected special events are on sale now. Tickets for the full #MIFF2017 program are on sale on Friday 14 July 2017 (with a presale on 12 and 13 July for MIFF Members).
Winner of a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Inspirational Filmmaking, STEP is a hope-filled crowd pleaser profiling the Lethal Ladies step-dancing team as they aim for glory, and graduation.
Against the backdrop of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the Freddie Gray case in particular, STEP charts the senior year of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women step-dance team as they chase dual dreams: to be state champions and to be the first in their families to go to college.
Focusing on three of the teens – vivacious team founder Blessin, who struggles both at school and at home (when she has one); introverted straight-A student Cori; and deadpan only child Tayla – as well as the adults who support them, the film optimistically explores community, sisterhood and the realities of being black and female in contemporary America. Sensitively directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Amanda Lipitz, STEP is a joyous and crucially vital portrait of empowerment. Remake rights have already been sold, so get in first and see the original, real-life story at MIFF.
"Fun and powerful. By offering some of society's most marginalized members – young black women – their time in the spotlight without any inkling of condescension or exploitation, Lipitz does more than just entertain or enlighten. She's breaking down barriers in nonfiction cinema." – Variety
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