Akeelah and the Bee

Family Flicks Film Series: Akeelah and the Bee

Recommended for ages 8+*

Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson participates in her school spelling bee to avoid detention—and much to her surprise, she wins! Despite her mother’s objections and the challenges of her home and school life, the determined Akeelah, with help from her friends and her mentor Dr. Larabee, spells her way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. What Akeelah discovers on her journey is that while winning feels good, having faith in yourself feels even better. (2006, dir. Doug Atchison, 112 min.)

This program is part of the Hammer's Bureau of Feminism initiative.

*All ages are welcome. Feel free to take a break with infants and toddlers in the theater lobby. 

Family Flicks Film Series

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum have teamed up for a matinee screening series of new and classic family-friendly films from around the world.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, and all Hammer members.

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Hammer Kids is made possible through the generosity of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.

Hammer Kids also receives support from friends of the Hammer Museum’s Kids’ Art Museum Project (K.A.M.P.), an annual family fundraiser. Additional funding is provided by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.