Don't Be Nice 2018 Ages 18+

1.00PM Sun 5 Sep 2021 (1hr 35mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

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.

Ages 18+ | Adult themes, coarse language

CREDITS

DCP, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 95 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: MAX POWERS / PRODUCERS: CORA ATKINSON, NIKHIL MELNECHUK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: PETER BUNTAINE / CAST: LAUREN WHITEHEAD, ASHLEY AUGUST, SEAN DESVIGNES / EDITOR: DAVID LIEBERMAN, NATHAN PUNWAR / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: JUNO FILMS