• Punching at the Sun trailer

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    Punching at the Sun:

    South Asian immigrant culture, post 9/11 politics, interracial
    relationships, violent streets, and the American firestorm of hip-hop
    culture all mix into a fierce concoction in Tanuj Chopra's vibrant and
    spirited first feature, Punching at the Sun. Elmhurst, Queens, is a
    rough place for Mameet Nayak, a beautiful 17-year-old South Asian
    immigrant with a passion for basketball and a hair-trigger temper. It
    gets rougher when his older brother, Sanjay, is gunned down in the
    family convenience store. The loss leaves Mameet in a complicated
    state of mourning and adolescent nihilism. His rage and antagonism
    toward the world make him a magnet for trouble. His friends, Ritesh
    and Parnav, are hilarious company, though not particularly encouraging
    in Mameet's attempts to rise above the negative forces in his life.
    But an adorable neighborhood sneaker salesgirl, Shawni, offers a light
    of hope in cracking Mameet's self-destructive shell. And inspiring rap
    performances by the charismatic MC Uncle Sonny conjure Mameet's
    ability to find a sense of optimism in a violent world that he feels
    is determined to view him as an outsider. Chopra draws passionate and
    genuine performances from his talented young cast, led by the gifted
    Misu Khan. Urgent and contemporary, Punching at the Sun sheds light on
    an American perspective rarely reflected on the screen, and glistens
    with the freshness and vital energy of a new directorial voice.

    -- (c) Sundance Film Festival Show less
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