Louder Than a Bomb

Opens Jan 16, 2020

Presented by Louder Than a Bomb: Mid-Missouri in partnership with the Unbound Book Festival (April 23-25) and OneMic poetry collective. Free but donations will be accepted for Louder Than a Bomb so bring your cash for the passing of the hat.

Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam. This hopeful doc chronicles the stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. 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. This is not "high school poetry" as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance.

Rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, the structure of Louder Than a Bomb demands that kids work collaboratively with their peers, presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces. To succeed, teams have to create an environment of mutual trust and support. For many kids, being a part of such an environment — in an academic context — is life-changing.