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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Elizabeth Zetlin
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 53 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Online

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No

Words Aloud - the festival that brings a small town . . . to its feet!
Canada's best poets and storytellers electrify audiences, revealing spoken word's power to delight, inspire and transform. This documentary takes you on a journey through the many forms of spoken word, including dub, slam and lyric poetry, performance poetry, and storytelling. The film addresses issues of immigrant experience, inner city issues, and cultural identity, including black and aboriginal points of view.
You’ll get an insider’s look at the Words Aloud Festival – performances, interviews, and the story of Adam, an 18-year-old student who begins to find his own voice. You’ll discover what makes a poet, what drives them to create, what’s most difficult about the writing life, and what compels them to continue. You’ll see how a small town creates a vibrant poetic community. Canada’s 2010 Olympic poet, Shane Koyczan, demonstrates why our own voices are so important and why poetry is truly the shortest distance between two hearts.

Caution:  Some language and mature themes.

Please Note:  Producer Elizabeth Zetlin is donating her proceeds from Educational sales to Youth Literacy

  • 2nd Place for Feature Films at the Killington Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Okanagan International Film Festival

Exploring Contemporary Canadian Voices –
a free online study guide and companion to the Words Aloud Documentary

This Guide is designed to support high school curriculum for English, Dramatic and Media Arts, but it could be used by Literacy groups and anyone interested in finding out more about the performers and enhancing their understanding of spoken word.

Words Aloud website:
The Words Aloud Festival is three days of spoken word that takes place annually in the town of Durham, Ontario.

Poet Laureate Map of Canada: www.poetrymap.ca
Visit all of Canada’s Poet Laureates, past and present. Resources include bios, photos, poems, FAQs and tips on creating a poet laureate position in your community.
League of Canadian Poets: www.poets.ca
The national association of professional publishing and spoken word poets in Canada.
Young Poets: www.youngpoets.ca
The place for young poets and their teachers.
South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy: http://sgbyouthliteracy.org/site/
(The producer is donating her proceeds to Youth Literacy)

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