Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Director: Doug Atchison Run Time: 112 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 2006
Starring: Angela Bassett, Eddie Steeples, Jeff Marlow, Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Sara Niemietz
Country: United States
Screening as part of From Book to Film
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee in this underdog story full of heart. An original story by Director Doug Atchison inspired by the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“In our winning-obsessed culture, it is inspiring to see a young woman like Akeelah Anderson instinctively understand, with empathy and generosity, that doing the right thing involves more than winning. That’s what makes the film particularly valuable for young audiences…if they have learned from Akeelah, they will want to live better.”