Capitol Theatre

Black Film Series: Akeelah and the Bee

Duration: 1 Hour, 52 Minutes

Audience: Rated: PG

Showtimes: 09/06/2019 6:30pm


Sponsored by:

Hosted by: Donna Watkins

The Appell Center invites you to the Capitol Theatre to enjoy our new, monthly Black Film Series - a series of films that celebrate the culture of the African-American and Black communities!

Presenting Sponsor:

Media Partner:

2019 Cultural Alliance of York County’s Creative Impact Grant Award Recipient

Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

Snack and refreshments available!

Kids 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.