To Be Heard (2011)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. "To Be Heard" is one of the best documentaries of the year.
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.
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