The September Social Action Film Night @ Bella Union is proud to present the Australian Premiere of the award winning documentary WE ARE POETS a poignant and inspirational story of youth, art and freedom of expression. Join the Facebook event page
Winner of the Youth Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011, WE ARE POETS intimately follows six remarkable teenagers from youth poetry group, Leeds Young Authors, as they are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the world’s most prestigious poetry slam competition. Sheffield-based filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi follow the group as they prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime. From their inner city lives in Northern England to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the young poets defy expectations as they explosively lay bare the concerns of a generation. Download the Movie Poster
Cinematic, imaginative and deeply personal, WE ARE POETS is a moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people.
It might be the age of Facebook and Twitter, but this group of Leeds teenagers have chosen to define themselves through one of the most ancient forms of culture out there: the spoken poem. But these aren’t any old poems but anguished, witty full-throated diatribes, voicing the concerns of a generation of multi-ethnic British teenagers.
“The poems resemble political speeches or rallying cries enacted by self-articulating young people acknowledging their own collective confidence- and identity-building”
With a mix of cinematically crafted lyrical sequences with raw, intimate actuality documentary, ‘We Are Poets’ challenges our understanding of youth by giving them the stage, allowing them the chance to speak for themselves. Anyone tempted to dismiss today’s youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary.
Associate Producer Lee Ramseyer-Bache will be there to introduce the film. Featuring post screening live spoken word performances by local talented young poets Kirsti K-Dawg Whalen and Nicole Duchesne. Michelle Dabrowski, the vivacious host and founder of Slamalamadingdong, Melbourne’s fastest growing competition based monthly poetry slam night, will also be performing and presenting her ideas for the future of Slam and accessible pathways for poets to develop their work and collaborations. Watch the Slamalamadingong video featuring Melbourne’s top performers. Also watch Luka Lesson’s epic Please Resist Me Video, created in collaboration with The Centre for Poetics and Justice and lauched at the August Slamalamadingdong.
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CINEUROPA – “Beautiful. Genuinely life affirming & illuminating”
LITTLE WHITE LIES ‘★★★★’ – “Striking and stunning…seriously memorable with spine tingling recitals. This is a powerful message”
TOTAL FILM ‘★★★★’
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL – “Uplifting, moving, amusing and thoroughly enjoyable. A great film – and one that should be mandatory viewing”
DOC GEEKS – “For everyone who criticises modern youths for not being creative or driven, We Are Poets is the film to prove them wrong”
FRONT ROW REVIEWS – “We Are Poets is a well-assembled, energetic and often hair-raising documentary”
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Arts in Action currently hosts a Social Action Film Night at Bella Union Trades Hall (Cnr Lygon & Victoria Pde, Carlton) on the last Thursday of the month. Documentary film is a powerful tool to not only share personal stories, but to inspire action. Arts in Action evenings are community focused events featuring a blend of inspiring films and empowering solutions. You don’t walk away without appreciating life just that little bit more…. and wanting to do something with it.