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  • Summary: To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, we watch these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances. (ITVS) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Oct 11, 2011
    Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. To Be Heard is one of the best documentaries of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 10, 2011
    In the end, the power poetry workshops, as the teachers are first to admit, are not about creating Shakespeares. They are about survival.
  3. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Oct 11, 2011
    However uplifting, To Be Heard, shot over the course of several years, takes a surprisingly unflinching look at the home lives of the three high schoolers.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 14, 2011
    This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring.
  5. Reviewed by: Mindy Farabee
    Nov 6, 2011
    For how well this finely crafted work captures the pressures of inner-city poverty, single-parent families and abusive relationships, one of its strengths lies in its ability to also gracefully locate the drama in filling out a college application.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Oct 10, 2011
    This arc may sound particularly familiar on paper, but To Be Heard finds the unique passions and heartaches in all three stories, allowing the viewer to become invested in whatever outcome befalls each subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 11, 2011
    Spanning four years, To Be Heard has a large enough scope to map its subjects' rocky road to reinvention, concentrating on various bumps along the way.