We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical (2020)

by Amy Schatz, Diane Kolyer, Sara Rodriguez (Producers)

Meditation & Movie Awakin Circle

Every year in Oakland, CA, hundreds of pre-K through 12th grade students compete in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, performing a mix of published and original poetry and speeches. Directed and produced by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz, and produced by Emmy® winner Diane Kolyer, this documentary chronicles the months leading up to the finals of the 40th annual festival, as schools across the city send their top-placing individuals and groups to compete in the event. Showcasing a multitude of talented and diverse student voices, the 57-minute film follows the contestants from rehearsals at home and in their classrooms through district semifinals and, ultimately, to the finals where they perform in front of hundreds, speaking from the heart and paying tribute to the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes
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