Along with heights and spiders, public speaking is one of the most common fears. So it’s all the more impressive (and inspiring) to see talented kids orate fearlessly. We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical is a documentary that features many such performances at a competition centered around another powerful public speaker—Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a remarkable film that was just rewarded with an Emmy.
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. 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 showcase.
HBO describes the 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.” It’s inspiring for adults to see young people hold so much passion, but it’s probably even more impactful for kids to see peers as confident, talented, and ambitious as the subjects of this documentary.
Make sure you watch it with your own kids.