Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and an escape from the generational poverty and street-corner life her friends seem to have accepted as their lot. But personal and sexual challenges confront Chantel on her way to fulfilling these dreams.Written by
The initials "I.R.T." in the film's title stand for "Interborough Rapid Transit", which refers to a number of New York City's subway systems. Despite the title, however, there is only one scene where Chantel Mitchell is seen in the subway. See more »
I feel the current comment listed does not do this film justice. The audience is presented with, Chantel, a woman of the projects. Throughout the entire film we see that she wants to get out of that life and move on to college. However, she becomes trapped and as a young woman tries to conceal her obstacle. Chantel is a real woman in this film and neither she nor her problem is not "sugar coated." The viewer gets an eye opening glimpse at what these women are up against. I enjoyed this film because Chantel continues to hold on to her dream once she has overcome her fear/obstacle, her pregnancy. I would like to further add that a connection with Chantel can not be formed by all, because many do not experience the life of a Black Woman in the Projects of NYC-Brooklyn!
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