Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical, comedy-drama directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film is set in a racially mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during the summer of 1973. The story is told from the perspective of Troy Carmichael (Zelda Harris) a nine-year old with four brothers (Carlton Williams, Sharif Rashed, Chris Knowings, Tse-Mach Washington) a schoolteacher mom (Alfre Woodard) and a musician father (Delroy Lindo). The story follows Troy as she learns from her brothers and other neighborhood characters how to survive in Brooklyn. Her family is struggling, her parents relationship is shaky, her neighborhood is full of thieves and drug abusers and pushers (Spike Lee) and Troy must learn to maneuever all of this and thrive. A family tragedy thrusts Troy into a place where she must be even more responsible than before. Troy is determined to learn from the mistakes of those around her. With these lessons learned Troy does everything she can to protect herself and her family.