Plot

Filmed with vérité intimacy for close to a decade, this film follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a (aka “Ma Quest”) as they open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife and inequality that grips their North Philadelphia neighborhood. What began as a simple photography project in 2006 turned into a documentary film project eighteen months later when director Jonathan Olshefski decided that cinema was a better medium to truly capture the complexity of the Rainey family.

Over the many years that Olshefski followed the family, we see them constantly evolve as everyday life in their beloved yet unstable neighborhood brings them a mix of both joy and unexpected crises. This film serves as a sincere portrait of a family who have overcome significant challenges and sacrificed a lot in order to care for their community and who, even in times of crisis, continue to give back. Set against a real-life city backdrop, not the kind you typically see in the movies, this film is a heartwarming and tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.

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