To Be Heard (2011)


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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.

Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 14, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 11, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Oct 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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