One of the most frightening things for many people is doing any sort of public speaking. However, there are some children who seem to be born to lead and share their words with the world, and it can be something to see. A new documentary titled We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical features children who share their incredible voices in a competition centered around another powerful public speaker—Martin Luther King Jr. The documentary just hit HBO, and it’s an opportunity to learn along with your kids. Here’s what you need to know about it.
We Are The Dream highlights a group of talented kids from kindergarten through grade 12 and their teachers and educators as they prepare for the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival. The documentary follows the students preparing for last year’s competition, showcasing not just their speeches but the work they do before they hit the stage.
The network describes its 58-minute documentary as “a portrait of passionate young people raising their voices about issues they care about – social justice, immigration and more – and of a community that celebrates them.” But this description doesn’t begin to do it justice. Watching kids get-up on stage is inspiring enough. Watching them talk about Dr. King? This is next-level inspirational. If you don’t have HBO, you can watch the documentary — totally free — for a limited time, right here.
Directed by Amy Schatz and executive produced by Mahershala Ali, the film gives viewers an inside look at the competition and showcases several amazing young people who work hard to prepare for the oratorical showcase. These kids put together speeches and poems centered around the legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. and how his voice and actions empowered and changed their lives.
HBO sums up the power of this documentary in one line: “It is a portrait of passionate young people raising their voices about issues they care about – social justice, immigration and more – and of a community that celebrates them.” It’s incredible to see young people hold so much passion, and to be able to watch an inspiring documentary with our own kids is a great thing.
We Are the Dream premiered on February 18, so it’s available and free to stream on HBO now.