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School Bd/College/University DVD: $325


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 73 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes, see link below

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

In a city infamous for crime and high dropout rates, the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, California, provides a safe place for teens to share their stories, build community, and express themselves through dance. Each year, 20 diverse students are accepted into the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, where they spend months creating a performance based on their dynamic lives.

Under the thoughtful guidance of Destiny's artistic director, Sarah Crowell, each journey reveals how collaborative art can serve as a foundation for personal discovery, growth, resilience, and hope.

Capturing the powerful grace of a performing arts company for at-risk youth, FREE: The Power of Performance journeys behind the curtain to spotlight the intimate stories of five particular inner city teenagers whose lives are transformed by the power of collaborative dance.
"Issues are aired in the safe environment of the company, where expression can be both in words and movement. Ultimately, this is a film about hope, change, and life...Might provide hope to teens facing challenges and the adults who serve them." – School Library Journal

"RECOMMENDED for school and public libraries and communities where there is interest." 
- Library Journal

73 + 56 minute versions on DVD
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection

Audience Favourite/Active Cinema Gold, Mill Valley Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary, SF Indiefest
First Place: Excerpt Category, MY HERO International Film Festival

Official Selection:
Napa Valley Film Festival
Orlando Film Festival
Dances with Films
Mendocino Film Festival
Richmond Diversity Film Festival
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Women’s International Film & Arts Festival
Oakland International Film Festival
Ojai Film Festival

Related Documents:
Free Discussion Guide

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