U.S., 2006, 112 min, Digital, Dir. Doug Atchison, Rated PG, Lionsgate
“it is a rewarding tale for public educators, parents, and kids with big dreams.” —Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"The kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know." —Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
Akeelah and the Bee is the inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), an eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) 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 neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.
Recommended for ages 8+
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