The new documentary Step revolves around a high school step team in Baltimore. The girls dream of winning dance competitions and getting into college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so.
The film follows the team as it prepares for a prestigious tournament in Bowie, Maryland. Shot in the weeks following the unrest after the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the film focuses on three team members as they try to simultaneously prepare for the competition and their impending graduation, which comes complete with the pressures of trying to get into college — pressures exacerbated by their familial struggles, the city’s social unrest and scholastic performance that isn’t always in line with their ambitions.
The film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was picked up earlier this year by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Check out the trailer above and be sure to support this amazing film once it’s released on August 4th!