The coming of coming-of-age movie Concrete Cowboy staring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin is now available to stream on Netflix.
In North Philadelphia, a thriving community of Black cowboys has existed for over a century. The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club have developed counterculture in Philadelphia, where horsemen maintain and care for horses and teach neighborhood youth to do so. The story of this community and their struggle against racism and gentrification unfolds in Concrete Cowboy.
While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen (Caleb McLaughlin) is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s (Idris Elba) vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. While trying to repair their strained relationship, he discovers the world of urban horseback riding and a community that embraces him.
Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G.Neri, the film also stars Jharrel Jerome (who plays Cole’s tough cousin Smush) and Clifford “Method Man” Smith (who plays local police officer Leroy.)
Here, filmmaker Ricky Staub makes his feature-length debut as director and Philly-native Lee Daniels, along with Elba, are producers on the film.
Watch the trailer below and add to your watch list this Easter.