Below is an inspiring 13-minute documentary about a group of high school students and their teachers from Democracy Prep school in the South Bronx, New York. They compete in a variety of speech contests at the local, district, state and national levels.
The students are not rich and many come from difficult backgrounds. For them, “Speech” offers both a constructive, creative forum in which to focus their energies and talents, and a chance to win scholarships that will allow them to attend university. It’s well worth watching.
I particularly appreciate the wisdom of precocious 14-year-old Emmanuel De La Rosa at 9:35 of the film:
I don’t want to just do it to try to win something. I want to do it to make people laugh and connect with the audience.