Don't Be Nice 2018 Ages 18+

12.15PM Sun 13 Oct 2019 (1hr 35mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

This exhilarating documentary offers an unparalleled glimpse into the inner sanctum of five competitors from the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan as they prepare for the National Poetry Slam.

Brimming with raw talent, this mix of Black, Afro-Latino and queer poets struggle to balance pleasing crowds with the authentic crafting of words. First-time director Max Powers delves deep into the labour, both creative and emotional, behind poetry slams. As they prepare for the national stage, the bravado of performance gives way to moments of fragility and tenderness. Under the inspired tutelage of their team coach, each member must shed their defences if they are to uncover the true agency and urgency of words.

CREDITS

95 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MAX POWERS / SCRIPTWRITER: MAX POWERS / PRODUCERS: CORA ATKINSON, NIKHIL MELNECHUK / CAST: ASHLEY AUGUST, JOEL FRANÇOIS, NOEL QUIÑONES / RIGHTS: JUNO FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP