Stand Up Girl
The spectacularly talented Nawell Madani bursts onto the big screen as actor, writer, choreographer and co-director of this fictionalized tale of her own incredible journey — from the projects of Brussels to the bright lights of Paris, from hip-hop hoofer to a veritable stand-up comedy star in France. The story opens with Lila, a teenage girl whose dream is to become a dancer. Among the many obstacles on her path, the one that looms largest is her father, Omar, a widowed cab driver with conservative beliefs about what sorts of female behavior are acceptable. Eliciting laughs and tears, the film is a joyous celebration of one woman’s determination and boundless gifts.