Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire opens in select theaters today, November 6. The film follows African-American Harlem teenager Claireece “Precious” Jones as she faces hardships such as sexual abuse, illiteracy, poverty, obesity, teen pregnancy and HIV.

It stars Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo’Nique, with newcomer Gabourey Sidibe in the title role. and it’s directed by Lee Daniels and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

Precious was an Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and it won three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize.