Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Princess of the Row

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 minutes

Princess of the Row
Princess of the Row
Princess of the Row
Princess of the Row

While in Iraq, Sergeant Willis suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now enduring PTSD, he is homeless on L.A.’s infamous Skid Row. His 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, known as “Princess” to those on the Row, is always fleeing foster homes to be on the streets with her father. Princess is a gifted storyteller and myth-weaver. In her tale, the Princess needs to rescue her Knight, escaping from the Row so they can recreate a family. With social services in pursuit, she flees the city with her father. But he is unable to care for her or himself and can turn dangerously violent in an instant. Determined to save the only family she has, Princess may need to rewrite her story in very difficult ways to ensure they both survive to the end. PRINCESS OF THE ROW, with an outstanding ensemble cast (including Martin Sheen) will capture your heart. Unflinching and emotional, this is a tale of the brutal streets, where monsters are real and the only true weapon is the love between father and daughter. —C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Capitol Theatre

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM

African Diaspora
Race Relations
Women of the World

American Independents Competition

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Edi Gathegi, A. Shawn Austin

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Maz Makhani

Van Maximilian Carlson

Principal Cast
Edi Gathegi, Martin Sheen, Tayler Buck, Ana Ortiz, Jacob Vargas

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Strongsville Psychological Services

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