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P-Star Rising (2010)

n , a , Produced by Gabriel Noble , Marjan Tehrani  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Produced by Gabriel Noble, Marjan Tehrani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AWEZ42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Priscilla P-Star Diaz currently stars as Jessica on PBS s new series, The Electric Company.

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In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now he's a struggling single father living in a Harlem shelter with two children to support. But Jesse finally found a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla, a precocious, adorable, and immensely talented rapper. Along with older daughter Solsky, the family's quiet cheerleader, Jesse and Priscilla look to parlay "P-Star's" talent into victory for the whole family. P-STAR RISING follows this father-daughter duo through four years, capturing all the grit and glamour of the music industry: late nights in the studio, performances around the world, music label negotiations, home schooling, and ultimate financial salvation. But as Priscilla's star really begins to rise, it taxes all the relationships in her life and tests Jesse as a father in ways he never expected.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Made Me A Believer February 12, 2011
I used to detest rap until I saw "P Star Rising" on Independent Lens (PBS). All I can say now is "What a fascinating young woman!" Bright, engaging, talented, wise beyond her years, many things can be said to describe P Star (Priscilla Diaz). With her life spotlighted in the film, it becomes easy to understand each and every word she speaks and how they fit into her performance and into her life. I can't recommend this film highly enough. She is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Honest Look at the Business of Hip Hop December 19, 2011
By Compay
I've been a Hip Hop head since the 80's, and thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. Shot over four-years, P-Star Rising offers a brief glance at the rise of nine year old rapper Priscilla Diaz. The PBS documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the struggle of former 80's rapper Jesse Diaz, and his daughter's efforts to make a name for herself in an adult male Hip Hop world.

P-Star lives a life of home schooling met with late nights at the recording studio. The camera follows the pint-size MC as she navigates a life of studio sessions and international performances.

What makes this film stand out is the star. Priscilla is loaded with charisma, stage presence, flow, and remarkable wisdom. Intelligent and confident, she's surprisingly profound when it counts, which makes for great on-screen chemistry (and static) with her father.

Given this is a PBS film, audiences shouldn't expect something as gritty as Rhyme & Reason. But despite its PG format, the film still offers a surprisingly real take on the world of child entertainers and their parents.

Jesse Diaz, who reminisces on his own success as an MC during the 80's, lives vicariously through his talented daughter. Throughout the documentary, Jesse is portrayed as both protective father, and something of an opportunist. His relationship with P-Star's older sister becomes strained as his attention focuses on Priscilla's growing career. As drama unfolds between Jesse and P-Star's label owner over his daughter's image and contract, ideas of what are best for Priscilla become hazy.

P-Star Rising ultimately concludes on a positive note. There's an emotional payout when the family ties up a question that hangs over the two sisters, plus the satisfaction of their father's acceptance of humility. Although I've never been much of a fan of child rappers, this is definitely a film that rap fans would appreciate.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Priscilla Diaz , a 9 Year old, immediately draws you into this documentary. P-Star's dream grows in a temporary housing unit. The documentary takes you through the family's journey into the music industry. It includes the ups and downs of running a business entangled in a family relationship.

Priscilla's life has made her mature beyond her years even at the age of 9. I like the scene shown with the Dad talking to P-Star about their finance. She gets an advance from her contract and he walks through the amounts that were spent and the balance of what is left. At first it appears to be too much information for a child, but he is just teaching her.
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