Here's a film we first profiled waaay back in late 2009/early 2010. Mark Harris' Black Butterfly, which was scheduled to screen in Chicago at the time of that first post.
It's been awhile, and I haven't heard anything about it since then… until today.
I haven't seen the film, so can't offer any commentary on it. But I from what I heard from a few folks who saw it way back when, it's worthwhile. So now that it's heading to home video, I'll be able to check it out myself.
The film's full synopsis reads:
Black Butterfly is about 16 year old Ariel – a girl with a dream. Making the Women's U.S. Swim Team will change her life. Ariel excitedly begins training when… tragedy strikes. She is brutally raped. Her dreams of swimming, relationships, and life are tossed to and fro as she struggles within the aftermath. Should she tell? Should she hide? Adrenaline and anticipation rise as her coach, family and friends find out about the rape in various ways. Now, what will each do to seek revenge? How will they deal with a rapist who is no stranger to their lives? What draws the line between pain and possibility for Ariel?
Watch the trailer below for a sample of what to expect (full poster underneath):