Jenifer Lewis, Rosario Dawson, and Tracee Ellis Ross Star in Lifetime’s ‘Five’ Short Film Series

Posted on October 10, 2011 /TV


In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, black stars unite for a film project that’s sure to get everyone talking about the important health issue. Alicia Keys (“The Secret Life of Bees,” “Smokin’ Aces”) steps behind the camera for her directorial debut on Lifetime’s Five, a series of five short films about breast cancer.

“After I read the scripts, I felt like this was something important, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Keys on her involvement in the film series. “I chose Lili because she’s close to my age and I understood the family dynamic. I had an immediate idea of what I could bring to it.”

Lili, directed by Keys and written by Jill Gordon, follows Lili, a fiercely independent, career-minded woman (Rosario Dawson), who recruits her sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) to help tell their hard-nosed mother (Jenifer Lewis) that she has breast cancer. As they work through their past issues, Lili’s mother and sister ultimately become her strongest allies when she needs her family the most. Lili also stars Jeffrey Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.

Check out the sneak peek video and be sure to tune in to “Five” when it premieres tonight, Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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