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Habib Paracha’s Strive screened at American Black Film Festival

Instep Today
By NewsBytes
Wed, 06, 19

Pakistan-born Hollywood filmmaker and executive producer, Habib Paracha’s latest outing, Strive, which premiered in New York last month and also won the Audience Choice Award and the Best Actress Award at the Harlem Film Festival 2019, is in the news once again.

Recently, Strive, that stars Danny Glover and Joi Starr in key roles, was featured at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) where it also won an award. The film was not only broadcast during the film festival on June 14 in Miami but it was also screened at the San Francisco Black Film Festival on June 16, 2019.

Habib Paracha, who has films such as Margot Robbie-starrer Terminal and The Trust to his credit, took to social media to share the good news.

“Strive - A Film, I Executive Produced premiered at the Harlem Film Festival a few weeks ago,” he wrote on his official Facebook handle.

“Last Friday it was featured at the American Black Film Festival and won the judges award for Best Screenplay. Today, I was at the screening in San Francisco with the legendary actor Danny Glover and I got a few pointers from him on films,” he added.

The film that won the Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay at ABFF 2019, follows the story of Kalani Johnson (Joi Starr), “a struggling high schooler, who chases her dream of getting into Yale University all the while facing the challenging life in the projects and streets of Harlem, New York. With no one but her college counselor Mr. Rose (Danny Glover) by her side, Kalani must push against the world holding her back.”