How I Got Over – 3:05 pm LNS – 87 min.

How I Got Over

Saturday 3:05PM LNS

87 min.

McNabb/ Connolly, 2014

Director: Nicole Boxer


How I Got Over is an intimate profile of 15 formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women that dramatically reveals the social causes of their plight and how their lives were transformed. The film follows the women for 12 weeks as they craft and rehearse an original play based on their harrowing, true-life stories including domestic violence and incest. None have had any acting experience but they are guided by the Theater Lab’s “Life Stories” program. Their work together leads to an emotional, sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. This is a look at what might be accomplished if more resources were devoted to recovery support. It is a celebration of the transformative power of theater and the arts.