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MIPCOM Picks 2011: To Be Heard

In this acclaimed documentary, three teens from the South Bronx – Anthony, Pearl and Karina – transform their lives as they discover creative expression through poetry.
September 26, 2011

TO BE HEARD

Partners: To Be Heard Productions, distributed by Cargo Film & Releasing

Length: 52 and 84 minute versions available

Premiered: Doc NYC 2010, airing on TV in 2012

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding U.S.

In this acclaimed documentary, three teens from the South Bronx – Anthony, Pearl and Karina — transform their lives as they discover creative expression through poetry. Shot over four years, the film follows the teens as they immerse themselves in a “radical poetry” class, dubbed “Power Writing” and taught by a trio of outsider teachers. While the class itself isn’t part of a formal curriculum, it creates a lasting impact on the three teens, who each use what they learn to hone and nurture their own inner poets, and give words to the feelings and experiences they share. The motto shared by the teachers is indeed one that can be applicable for us all: “If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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