Small Voices (2003)


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Dreams are what Melinda brought with her the day she left for the flung provincial town of Malawig. The young teacher arrives to find a land of coconut and rice fields, and a people barren of hope. Poverty has made the townsfolk passive, resigned to a bitter fate, while others fight in the mountains, staking their lives for some kind of change. "Only the rich can afford to dream. We can't." The words of a child urge Melinda to strive to make the town listen - poverty does not make victims of people. Hopes are essential, and dreams can be made real. Against the skepticism of town, Melinda and the children of Malawig join a humble singing contest. Their small voices ring out against darkness, against poverty, death, and despair. Their song awakens in everyone a small flame of hope a daring to dream, and a willingness to fight for it. Melinda leaves the town believing that it is within one's power to make a difference, that within one's self is a voice of hope waiting to be heard. -- © Munting Tinig


Critic Reviews for Small Voices

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Small Voices works, even though its lesson has been pounded into you a hundred times before.

Mar 5, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite its inherent predictability, the film nonetheless succeeds in its modest aims, thanks in large part to the director's fresh approach to his timeworn themes and to de Rossi's engaging performance as the committed teacher.

Dec 25, 2003

Small Voices is a trip to another culture that is enjoyable, even inspiring, in spite of its faults.

Oct 30, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Educators everywhere should be grateful for such an effective and affecting demonstration of the power of formal schooling to combat poverty and change lives.

Oct 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Small Voices features an excellent cast.

Oct 17, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

This tiny film is heartfelt, well made and worthy of attention.

Oct 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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