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  • At nine years old, Priscilla Diaz dazzles the Harlem hip-hop scene.

    At nine years old, Priscilla Diaz dazzles the Harlem hip-hop scene.

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  • Priscilla aka P-Star performing at the Tribeca Film Festival

    Priscilla aka P-Star performing at the Tribeca Film Festival

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  • Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star performs at a Harlem street festival, age 9

    Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star performs at a Harlem street festival, age 9

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  • Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star in Miami Beach, age 9

    Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star in Miami Beach, age 9

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  • Diaz family photo, Christmas 2008 (Solky Diaz, Jesse Diaz, Priscilla Diaz)

    Diaz family photo, Christmas 2008 (Solky Diaz, Jesse Diaz, Priscilla Diaz)

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  • Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star with her father, Jesse, as they return from a late night studio recording session, age 9

    Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star with her father, Jesse, as they return from a late night studio recording session, age 9

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  • Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star, age 13

    Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star, age 13

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  • Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star on her first radio interview, age 9

    Priscilla Diaz aka P-Star on her first radio interview, age 9

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The Film

Priscilla Star Diaz is one precocious preteen. Living in a shelter with her sister and single father, she discovers that she has a gift. At six years old, she tells her father Jesse, a failed rapper and producer, that she is going to become a rap superstar and make a better life for her family.

It’s clear from the start she’s not waiting for stardom. When she is only nine, Jesse shuttles her to open mic nights at 2 AM in Harlem, where she wows the crowd as much with her chutzpah as with her rhymes.

P-Star Rising is both the tale of a hapless single father trying to recapture his dashed dreams and the rise of a young rap prodigy. Jesse becomes something of a stage father, controlling his daughter’s career and basking in her reflected minor fame. In his eagerness, he signs a contract with Hunc Records to record a debut CD, and is blinded by the $10,000 he receives in return. The family goes from the shelter to a four-bedroom apartment, Priscilla buys some serious pop-star bling and Jesse splurges on an SUV.

The film follows P-Star over several years, and we watch her grow in many ways. She never lights up the Billboard charts, but she does score minor celebrity as part of a tween group known as Reggaeton Niños, and later as a cast member on PBS’s show The Electric Company. She still pursues her rap career and remains steadfast in her ambition.

P-Star Rising is a gentle observation about the elusive nature of fame, the determination of youth, and the seductive power of celebrity culture.

The Filmmakers

  1. Gabriel NobleDirector
  2. Marjan TehraniProducer