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San Antonio/Texas. 17-year-old Layla just got the letter confirming her college scholarship when she finds out she is pregnant. In her debut picture Micah Magee follows the path of her young heroine with compassion and an eye for detail.

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Conservative San Antonio, Texas is one of the regions with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the US. That’s why it isn’t too shocking when the school nurse asks 17 year old Layla (Devon Keller) if she’s had unprotected sex after checking her temperature. The young girl says no of course, but continual nausea leads her to take a pregnancy test and find out she is, indeed, pregnant. She dumps her constantly high and irresponsible slacker boyfriend and has found a way out of her socially disadvantaged environment in the form of a scholarship to one of the best state universities in the US in liberal Austin. But her father and mother refuse to sign to allow an abortion and don’t have much to contribute to Layla’s dilemma besides a lot of platitudes and temper tantrums. Her kind guidance counselor can’t empathize with Layla’s situation either. Her life path seems to be already decided: she will probably end up like her lively grandmother who takes her granddaughter in and supports her even though she lives in poverty.
DFFB graduate Michah Magee never leaves her protagonist’s side. She knows what Layla is going through as she grew up in the region herself in 90s and is depicting her own experience. She has a sober point of view and a keen eye for detail on the situation and shows no false pity for her main character.

Jens Mayer

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Deutschland/USA/Griechenland 2015, 93 min
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Director: Micah Magee
Author: Micah Magee
DOP: Armin Dierolf
Montage: Chris Wright
Distributor: Peripher Filmverleih
Cast: Devon Keller, Deztiny Gonzales, Jocko Sims, Kiowa Tucker, Adrienne Harrell
FSK: 12
Release: 19.05.2016

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