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Akeelah and the Bee

Director: Doug Atchison Run Time: 112 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG Release Year: 2006

Starring: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, Erica Hubbard

Akeelah Anderson is a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighbors who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.