We Grown Now

Drama Rated: PG 93 min

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Friday, July 12

In 1992 Chicago, as Michael Jordan solidifies himself as a champion, best friends Malik and Eric discover the joys and hardships of growing up in the sprawling Cabrini-Green public housing complex. Wide-eyed and imaginative, they traverse the city, looking to escape the mundaneness of school and the hardships of growing up in public housing. Their unbreakable bond is challenged when tragedy shakes their community just as they are learning to fly. Written and directed by Minhal Baig, the film is produced by Crandell Board Member James Schamus. Baig, who grew up in Rogers Park, says she wanted to make a movie that could both acknowledge the challenges of living in a place like Cabrini-Green while sharing what was beautiful and joyous about it. She won the Changemaker Award at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

James Schamus will discuss the making of the film following the screening.

We Grown Now has precisely two, pint-sized aces up its sleeve, its astonishingly expressive little-man leads.” — Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle
“Baig has a textured, refreshingly unfussy way of perceiving coming-of-age stories, favoring intimate moments over explosive ones, with an assured handle on a sense of time and place.” — Tomris Laffly, Variety
directed by
Minhal Baig
written by
Minhal Baig
Madisyn Barnes, Matthew Campbell, Giovani Chambers
United States