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SPEAK follows six unforgettable characters as they prepare to compete for the title, "World Champion of Public Speaking." SPEAK is a powerful, inspiring documentary about conquering life's hurdles and finding your voice.

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At its core, SPEAK is the story of hope, perseverance, and transformation. SPEAK is a powerful and inspiring documentary about conquering life's hurdles and finding your voice. Set in the multifaceted world of Toastmasters International, where 300,000 members strive to overcome their fear of public speaking, SPEAK follows six unforgettable finalists as they prepare and compete in a grueling contest to be named "World Champion of Public Speaking." Each struggles with seemingly insurmountable personal and professional difficulties, but in the end, one contestant bravely emerges as the World Champion. In a society based on free expression, a surprising number of people have no voice. Their silence comes from fear, with the most primal fear of all: the fear of public speaking. Set against this backdrop, the film focuses on the very up-close, personal journeys of the selected finalists: an actor, an amputee motivational speaker, a college professor, an IT guy, a single mom suffering from ... Written by Anonymous

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Surprisingly Powerful and Moving Dovumentary
13 May 2012 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

The documentary, "Speak," follows a set of six contestants as they compete in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest for the title of World's Best Public Speaker. The film quickly introduces Toastmasters, a public organization devoted to public speaking and leadership training, and conveys the contest rules. Contestants have 5 to seven minutes on stage to tell their story, reach their audience, and win the support of the judges.

The real power of the film is revealed through the back stories of the contestants, which helps to explain their motivations and their drive to "be the best." It's a fascinating look at a diverse group of people united in their drive to be the best possible speaker that they can be.

It's refreshingly different from today's crop of artificially hyped up reality shows. This is real drama, with real people, who all want to win, and, maybe, even deserve to win. In the end, only one can go home with the top award.

It's well-directed, moves quickly, and juxtaposes the stories of all the contestants to good effect. It's surprisingly powerful and affecting. Well done.


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