Strive (2019)

A teenager from the projects in Harlem aims to get into Yale, but must push against the world holding her back.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2019-05-19
  • Runtime: 1h 22min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Aletheia Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Robert Rippberger


Kalani (Joi Campbell), is a teenager living in Harlem with her older brother Jacob, and her younger sister, Bebe, while her mother struggles to make ends meet. Her college counselor Mr. Rose (Danny Glover) sees great promise in her educational future. As Kalani's siblings get caught in a myriad of hardships, Kalani teeters on the brink of ruin as she struggles to keep both her family and her dream intact. Strive reminds us that hard work, optimism, and perseverance, in the face of overwhelming adversity, is the essence of what it is to be American.

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  • Danny Glover

  • Tony D. Head

  • Nicole Ehinger

  • Scarlett Sperduto

  • Leopold Manswell

  • Chelsea Lee Williams

  • Shaylin Becton

    as Bebe
  • Cole Taylor

    as Terrance
Directing Robert Rippberger Director
Writing Sha-Risse Smith Story