To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins with writing poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity
to alter their circumstances.
Focusing on three students at University Heights High School in the South Bronx, the poorest urban county in the United States, To Be Heard introduces viewers to Karina, Anthony, and Pearl who have all struggled since birth. Every day, they directly confront the suffering and oppression of poverty, broken families, and an indifferent, often hostile school system. (from itvs.org)
Click on the picture below to read the New York Times article on the three teens and the documentary.
Click the picture below to view the trailer to the independent film Deaf Jam. In the film, deaf teen poet Aneta Brodski presents her poetry at a spoken-word slam, proving that silence is sometimes louder than words.
Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice. (information from YouTube)