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👧🏾 Akeelah and the Bee (PG) – Woolwich Centre Library, 14 Sep, 2pm

Sat 14 September @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

- Free

A free screening of Akeelah and the Bee (dir: Doug Atchison, with Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett) on Saturday 14th September, 2-4pm, at Woolwich Centre Library in the Reader Development Room on the Ground Floor.

YouTube trailer.

“Essentially a sports movie” about competitive spelling, Akeelah and the Bee looks at the high-pressured and often privileged world of American spelling bees where talented spellers are intensively coached to win. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old African-American girl, has the talent but lacks the resources and the confidence. Her school supports her and finds her a coach, Dr Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), who develops her skill and resilience but her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett) worries that Akeelah is just setting herself up for disappointment.

Reviews of Akeelah and the Bee
“The story of Akeelah’s ascent to the finals of the National Spelling Bee makes an uncommonly good movie, entertaining and actually inspirational, and with a few tears along the way.” – Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

“In large part, the film’s delights have to do with Palmer’s winning performance, most apparent in one-on-one scenes with Tanya or Larabee. But the movie has something else going on as well.” – Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media

“It vividly conveys the conflict within this African-American teenager who is given a chance to display her special talent but is frightened to do so.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

“In warm family story, an 11-year-old spelling phenom from a rough neighborhood is lifted by hard work and a supportive community to compete in the national spelling bee.” – Christopher Lyon, Plugged In

The screening is part of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival running from 6-14 September 2019 and funded by Royal Borough of Greenwich. Find the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too. Hashtag #CWFFF19

Akeelah and the Bee event details
Where: Woolwich Centre Library, the Reader Development Room (ground floor), 35 Wellington Street, SE18 6HQ, next to Tesco Extra facing General Gordon Square, What3Words map: volume.couches.vent
When: Saturday 14th September 2019, 2pm to 4pm (film lasts 1hr 52mins)
BBFC Rating: PG, brief bad language
Loos: Yes (accessible loo also available)
Accessibility: Accessible loo, parking and ramp access
Subtitles: English
Misc: For general information about the event please contact jo.brodie@gmail.com
Travel: Please use public transport if you are able – Woolwich Arsenal (rail / DLR) is the nearest rail station and there are plenty of local buses.

Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival logo 2019 funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich - logo

Details

Date:
Sat 14 September
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,
Website:
https://www.freefilmfestivals.org/event/akeelah-and-the-bee/

Other

Certificate
PG
Accessibility
Venue is wheelchair accessible, Screening is subtitled (in English)

Venue

Woolwich Centre Library
35 Wellington Street
London, Woolwich SE18 6HQ United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Phone:
020 8921 5750
Website:
https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/greenwich/woolwich-library

Details

Date:
Sat 14 September
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,
Website:
https://www.freefilmfestivals.org/event/akeelah-and-the-bee/

Other

Certificate
PG
Accessibility
Venue is wheelchair accessible, Screening is subtitled (in English)

Venue

Woolwich Centre Library
35 Wellington Street
London, Woolwich SE18 6HQ United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Phone:
020 8921 5750
Website:
https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/greenwich/woolwich-library