Teonna is unexpectedly suspended from school and is faced with a day on the streets of Washington, DC. Teonna encounters Malik, who is also out of school, and Sara, who left school because she saw more economic opportunity on the streets. The three set out for an adventure that takes them east of the Anacostia river.

Created in collaboration with local high schoolers, East of the River is an unflinching portrait of the education and lived experience of teenagers finding their way through an overburdened public school system.

East of the River premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival 2019 where it won jury honorable mention and Hannah was awarded the Russo Brothers fellowship.
Slamdance Film Festival, 2019 - Winner, Jury Honorable Mention, Russo Brothers Award
Tribeca Film Festival, 2019, Official Selection
Dallas International Film Festival, 2019, Official Selection
Maryland Film Festival, 2019, Official Selection
Florida Film Festival, 2019, Official Selection
Regard Film Festival, 2019, Official Selection
Walla Walla Movie Crush, 2019 - Winner Best Performance
Queen Palms International Film Festival, 2019 - Winner, Best Student Short
DC Black Film Festival, 2019 - Winner, Best Short
MFI Film Festival, 2019 - Winner, Spirit Award
Oakland Drunken Film Fest, 2019, Official Selection


Written, Directed & Edited by: Hannah Peterson
Co-Written by: Stacey Eunnae
Produced by: Sinah Ober
Executive Produced by: Nasreen Alkhateeb
Director of Photography: Christopher Messina
Starring: Ayiana T. Davis, Steloni Mason, Malachi Mack