Raise Your Hand

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The Main 5 Fri, May 6, 2022 7:10 PM
Capri Theater Sun, May 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Women & Film
Women Directors
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2021
Runtime:94 min
Festivals & Awards:2021 Studio City International Film & TV Festival - Social Justice Film Award
Best Director Jessica Rae
Best Actress Jearnest Corchado
2021 Miami Indie Film Awards - Best Actress Jearnest Corchado
Best Female Filmmaker Jessica Rae
2021 LA Sun Film Fest - Best Narrative Feature
Best Director Jessica Rae
Best Actress Jearnest Corchado
2021 Toronto International Women Film Festival - Best Narrative Feature
2021 American Black Film Festival (ABFF Jury Award)
Best Narrative Feature
Best Director Jessica Rae
2021 La Femme International Film Festival - Best Feature
Print Source:Unabridged
Director:Jessica Rae
Executive Producer:Evan Allen-Gessesse
Jessica Rae
Margarita Reyes
Producer:Chanda Dancy-Morizawa
Eileen Kennedy
Cinematographer:Judy Phu
Screenwriter:Jessica Rae
Editor:Ambika Leigh
Composer:Chanda Dancy-Morizawa
Principal Cast:Jearnest Corchado
Hanani Taylor
Joel Steingold
Gregory Scott Cummins
DaJuan Johnson


Director Jessica Rae Attending.

Based on director Jessica Rae’s own experiences growing up in Minneapolis, Raise Your Hand follows best friends Gia and Lila, two midwestern teens of color growing up and facing the challenges of youth. At once raw and honest, and capturing the vicissitudes of teenage life, Raise Your Hand is a vibrant, inspiring film.

Gia and Lila are lifelong friends balancing school and personal connections with their family, friends, boys and neighborhood, including the corrupt local police. Gia struggles to maintain her grades and sort through a tumultuous relationship with her mother and stepfather. She is encouraged to write a play about her life, and soon finds herself bringing her fellow students, and their experiences, together in what becomes a testament to their perseverance and the power of story.

Director Biography

Jessica Rae

Local filmmaker Jessica Rae holds an MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television and a BFA in Theater Directing from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her short films include “Soleil” (2007) and “Girl in Tank” (2012). Raise Your Hand (2021) is her debut feature.