Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin [who's all of 19 by the way] and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act play, Juicy and Delicious.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year old girl exists on the brink of orphan-hood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
I haven’t watched the movie yet, but from what I’ve read [Collider review] didn’t pick up on any obvious problematic messaging like with American Violet or The Help. As always use your own discernment.
If you can support more stories that show young [black] girls three-dimensionally, more will be made and released. The universe expands positivity or negativity without prejudice. If the movie isn’t shown in an area close to you, request your local cinema get it. You can also purchase tickets and gift them to a group of girls.
This interview with 8-year-old lead Quvenzhané Wallis is too cute to miss!