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First Look: Akeelah and the Bee

First Look: Akeelah and the Bee

Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Doug Atchison
Producers: Laurence Fishburne, Sidney Ganis, Nancy Hult, Daniel Llewelyn, Michael Romersa
Screenwriters: Doug Atchison
Cast: Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Curtis Armstrong, Jeff Marlow, Sara Niemietz, Eddie Steeples

A heart-warming, triumph-over adversity drama, "Akeelah and the Bee" centers on a precocious eleven-year-old girl, Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), from south Los Angeles, who is discovered to have a talent for words. In spite of the objections of her mother Wanda (Angela Bassett), Keke enters a spelling contest. Her gift takes her to compete in the National Spelling Bee, the most famous competition of its kind in the world. On the way, she is helped by a forthright, mysterious teacher, Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) and a cast of colorful characters from the community. Her journey evokes pride in the neighborhood, bringing them together and, in the end, all witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

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