Louder Than a Bomb"
the largest youth poetry slam for teenagers!
Saturday, March 10th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, recommended for those 13 and up
Presented in collaboration with INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival. A performance by the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team will precede the screening!
About the film Louder Than a Bomb: (Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, United States, 2010, 99 min) Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago area schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb." This award-winning documentary chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event.
Watch videos of some of the teen poets here!
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable teens, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. As the students learn to work together and share their personal stories, they discover how they can transform their unique experiences and emotional issues into intricate and expressive rhymes. How and why they do it--and the community they create along the way--is the story at the heart of this inspiring film.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq - closest to the East Building