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Running Time 13:40

Behind The Scenes 9:54

This film was funded by nea-lockup-A

& The Liman Foundation


Aleah is the story of a 17-year-old African American girl living in East New York, who becomes pregnant and is forced to turn to violent streets after her abusive mother and boyfriend abandon her. Written by Lani Pringle, and directed by Laurie Collyer.


Lani Pringle wrote Aleah as a junior at Brooklyn Collaborative High School. Subtitled in Spanish and English for the hearing impaired.


  • 2014/15 National Contest Winner, NYC, NY
  • Screened at Cleveland International Film Festival 2015
  • Airing on Showtime beginning May 2015
  • PLURAL+ 2015 Youth Video Supplemental DVD selection for United Nations Alliance of Civilizations distributed globally

The story behind the story

Lani Pringle is a rising senior at Brooklyn Collaborative High School. Pringle’s title character Aleah, like many young girls, has hopes and dreams for her future, though her everyday reality revolves around a tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, an unplanned pregnancy and few places to turn. Pringle wrote the story based on her mother’s experience as a domestic abuse survivor. Pringle’s father was killed in Linden Plaza a year after she was born. “My story shows that a person’s physical and emotional place can make a simple situation ten times worse,” says Pringle.

“Aleah is a pregnant teenage girl in a bad neighborhood with absolutely no power. This was part of [my mother’s] reality and continues to be the reality for many women.”