‘We Grown Now’ Trailer: Two Boys Try To Survive The Chicago Projects In Minhal Baig’s Acclaimed TIFF Drama

Minhal Baig made her feature debut a few years ago with the Anna Camp/Isabelle Fuhrman rom-com, 1 Night. And while it didn’t exactly earn rave reviews, the response to Baig’s sophomore effort, Hala, was much different when it premiered at Sundance a few years later. Baig’s latest, We Grown Now, had audiences buzzing at TIFF, earning the Changemaker Award and Indie Spirit nominations. Now that film is arriving in theaters next month, preceded by this brand new trailer.

Baig wrote and directed We Grown Now is set in 1992 Chicago and centers on two best friends who grow up in the rough Cabrini-Green housing complex. Cabrini-Green is a real place, but has been depicted in many movies, including Cooley High and the original Candyman.

The film stars Blake Cameron James, Gian Knight Ramirez, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lil Rel Howery, and Jurnee Smollett.

Here’s the synopsis: In 1992 Chicago, as Michael Jordan solidifies himself as a champion, a story of two young legends in their own right begins. As wide-eyed and imaginative best friends Malik and Eric traverse the city, looking to escape the mundaneness of school and the hardships of growing up in public housing, their unbreakable bond is challenged when tragedy shakes their community just as they are learning to fly.

We Grown Now opens in select theaters on April 19th, with a wider rollout on May 10th.