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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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