The movie is based on Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s memoir, “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.”
"The book follows Michaela DePrince’s life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina."
DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995. Both her parents were killed in the country's civil war and she was adopted by a family in New Jersey. DePrince excelled in ballet and eventually joined the Dutch National Ballet, where she is now a soloist.
She appeared in Beyonce's Lemonade.