P-Star Rising

Gabriel Noble, 86 min, USA.

Priscilla Star Diaz is one precocious preteen. Living in a shelter with her sister and single father, she discovers that she has a gift. At six years old, she tells her father Jesse, a failed rapper and producer, that she is going to become a rap superstar and make a better life for her family.

It’s clear from the start she’s not waiting for stardom. When she is only nine, Jesse shuttles her to open mic nights at 2 AM in Harlem, where she wows the crowd as much with her chutzpah as with her rhymes. She adopts the stage name “P-Star” and carries herself with a tough-guy swagger. But, like the child she is, she wakes up in the morning to Winnie the Pooh cartoons on TV and a breakfast prepared by her dad.