Louder Than a Bomb
Opens Jan 16, 2020
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.