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“Director/co-screenwriter Aristotle Torres’ street-smart story feels as if someone experienced it and is most effective when Kadir feels the tug between being in a gang and pursuing his artistic talents.” – San Jose Mercury News

“As a touching portrait of an outer-borough New Yorker whose talents are just waiting to be harnessed, it shows some true potential.” – Hollywood Reporter

100% on Rotten Tomatoes


South Bronx teen Kadir (Asante Blackk) is a gifted visual artist who loses his way following the death of his younger brother. Overcome with grief and struggling with the pressures of school and family, he escapes into the thrilling yet dangerous world of graffiti gangs. To prove himself and join his neighborhood’s ruling gang, Kadir tries to rob no-nonsense MTA conductor Luis (Luis Guzmán), but is caught off guard when Luis agrees to give Kadir cash if he’ll sit down to have a meal with him. Following their conversation and the delicate, transformative friendship that grows out of it, Kadir sees for the first time how his artistic talent could lead to a better life.