Sunday, September 22, 2013

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Harris, 1993): Mini-Film Review

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Harris, 1993), an excellent U.S. independent film of the early 1990s, presents a sharp teenage African-American protagonist named Chantel (Ariyan A. Johnson) who tells her story as she sees it, while it unfolds -- her life in Brooklyn, relationships, pregnancy, and the pursuit of academic goals -- by addressing the audience directly. Sometimes it is noticeable that the film was shot on a low budget in just 17 days, yet for many reasons this does not take away from the film's consistently clear depiction of its reality -- something money/high production values can not buy.

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