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To Be Heard

To Be Heard (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, we watch these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances. -- (C) Official Site

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The riveting vérité documentary "To Be Heard" tracks three young friends in a Bronx high school whose lives are altered through a poetry workshop bent on teaching the power of self-expression.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Spanning four years, To Be Heard has a large enough scope to map its subjects' rocky road to reinvention, concentrating on various bumps along the way.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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However uplifting, To Be Heard, shot over the course of several years, takes a surprisingly unflinching look at the home lives of the three high schoolers.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. "To Be Heard" is one of the best documentaries of the year.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's impossible to watch Anthony, so bright and spirited, without raging against the forces that hold him back. And, singular as he is, he is also all too representative of an entire generation of kids in similar straits.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Well-produced with nice camera work and great sound, To Be Heard is wisely allowed to unfold on its on terms, loosely structured around poetry slams, escalating personal dramas and time between students and teachers.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

This documentary about self-empowerment through a poetry-writing program in a rough South Bronx high school pulls us into the lives and struggles of three students who see the program as their only way up and out of a dreary life. They may be right.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Puts the hard work of teachers and their students into a realistic context and balanced perspective about the impact of the arts on teenagers' lives.

October 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Because of Anthony's constant erratic behavior, To Be Heard is often held hostage by his flaky antics and aggressive behavior.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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