OT: Our Town (2003)


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The Los Angeles community of Compton has become infamous thanks to news reports and rap music lyrics that have portrayed it as an African-American neighborhood brought to the edge of destruction by corruption and black-on-black crime. In 2003, a handful of students and teachers at Compton's Dominguez High School decided to do something that hadn't happened at the school in more than 20 years -- put on a play. When it became obvious that the financially strapped school (which had recently canceled its football program) couldn't provide a budget for sets or costumes, the students did what money-conscious high-school theater departments have been doing for decades -- they staged Thornton Wilder's +Our Town, a drama commonly performed without the use of sets or large props. But what would Wilder's allegorical story of life in a small turn-of-the-century Midwestern hamlet mean to kids in Compton? And would the inexperienced students and faculty be able to bring it off? OT: Our Town is a documentary which looks at Dominguez High's brave experiment and the people who struggled to make it happen.

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Critic Reviews for OT: Our Town

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

Watching these scared, alienated kids turn into a family is a moving demonstration of the power of art.

Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…
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For a film about stereotype-busting, OT treads a very worn path.

Aug 15, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4

Emotionally involving.

Aug 15, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

[A] modest, moving documentary.

Aug 15, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.

Aug 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A smart, seamless commentary on race, class and the expectations (or lack of) that are often attached to them.

Aug 14, 2003 | Full Review…

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