THEATER 1 Sat, Sep 30, 2023 5:30 PM
THEATER 2 Sat, Oct 7, 2023 3:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1993
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Leslie Harris
Cast:Ariyan A. Johnson
Kevin Thigpen
Ebony Jerido
Chequita Jackson
Jerard Washington
Screenwriter:Leslie Harris


With its United States premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. introduced audiences to the trailblazing writer-director Harris, who took home a special jury prize for her debut. The story—about Chantal, a Black teenager living in Brooklyn, determined to realize her dreams of going to college and getting out of the projects—was, as Harris states in the end credits, “A Film Hollywood Dared Not Do.” After its release, Harris’s screenplay pitches, focused on stories of pioneering Black women, including female hip hop artists and the first African American female pilot, found no traction. Similar to the career of Julie Dash, who struggled to find funding after her acclaimed 1991 film DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, Harris has voiced her frustration, “It’s still rare to have a Black director, writer, and producer making a film with a Black lead female character. I tend to write films that deal with one Black woman’s story…that’s where it becomes a little tricky in the film industry.”