Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire


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Festival Year

2009 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz

Non-Cast Credits

Lee Daniels, Damien Paul, Lisa Cortes, Tom Heller, Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness, Mark G. Mathis, Asger Hussain, Andrew Dunn, Joe Klotz


With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her fathers childfor the second time. She cant read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (MoNique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Preciouss instincts tell her one thing: if shes ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.Dont be misledPush is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldnt notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman whowith creativity, humor, and ferocityfinds the strength to turn her life around.


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