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A young boy smiles, his back to the bright blue sky, with his arms and legs spread as if tossed in the air.

We Grown Now

  Minhal Baig

  United States     93 minutes


The heartfelt story follows two 10-year-olds, Malik and Eric, as they revel in the freedoms of boyhood and the joys of friendship. The projects are their playground, and every stairway, roof, and stretch of blacktop is just another place for adventure. But when violence comes to their neighborhood, their safe haven is fractured, and Malik’s mother Dolores (Jurnee Smollett) must decide whether to stay or move away.


headshot: Minhal BaigDirector Spotlight

We chatted with director Minhal Baig about the origin of the story behind We Grown Now, recreating 1990s Cabrini-Green on screen, and her favorite Chicago movies.

Read the interview…

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Film Credits

  •   Joe Pirro, Minhal Baig
  •   Minhal Baig
  •   Stephanie Filo, ACE
  •   Pat Scola
  •   Blake Cameron James, Gian Knight Ramirez, S. Epatha Merkerson, with Lil Rel Howery, and Jurnee Smollett
  •   Jay Wadley
  •   Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, James Schamus, Carrie Holt de Lama, Jurnee Smollett
  •   Participant, Symbolic Exchange


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