Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life & Work of Piri Thomas

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Every Child Is Born a Poet follows the life of Piri Thomas from his beginnings on the rough streets of El Barrio/Spanish Harlem to his place as one of the leading chroniclers of life in urban America. Thomas’ autobiographical novel, "Down These Mean Streets," burst onto the literary scene in 1967 presenting a searing portrait of immigrant life, racial conflict, and urban poverty. His language popped with street slang and flowed with a bilingual rhythm that embodied the hybrid cultures he inhabited. The film captures Thomas’ unbridled creativity with a mix of documentary footage, spoken-word poetry performances, and colorful dramatizations.

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Broadcast nationwide on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS in 2004.

"A Whirlwind" -- TV GUIDE

"A Must-See" -- VARIETY

"Incendiary" -- MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

"A Compelling, Emotionally Intimate Portrait" -- TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

* Winner of the OPERA PRIMA AWARD at the LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

* Winner of the PAUL ROBESON AWARD for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the NEWARK BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2004

* Nominee for DISTINGUISHED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD 2003 by the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION (IDA)

* Finalist for the SILVER WOLF AWARD at the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMFESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (IDFA) 2003

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USA | In English | Color and B&W Stereo
DVD: Region 0 NTSC (compatible with most players worldwide) / Chaptered for random access
VHS: NTSC (compatible with NTSC and multi-system VCRs/TVs only)

Suitable for ages 12 and over. Some strong language/profanity.

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