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.”