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Don't Be Nice (2018)

A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.


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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Lauren Whitehead Lauren Whitehead ... Herself
Ashley August Ashley August ... Herself
Sean DesVignes Sean DesVignes ... Himself
Timothy DuWhite Timothy DuWhite ... Himself
Joel Francois Joel Francois ... Himself
Noel Quiñones Noel Quiñones ... Himself
Jon Sands Jon Sands ... Himself
Caroline Sinclair Caroline Sinclair ... Herself
Olutayo Bosede Olutayo Bosede ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Douglass ... Ex Girlfriend


The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who encourages them to push past their personal boundaries and write from a place of vulnerability, pain and honesty, the poets break down, break through and compose their best work ever. Timely and difficult, their spoken word slays-but will these soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title? Will opting to make a statement instead of a show spell their defeat? An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, "Don't Be Nice" is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer's workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize. Written by Angie Driscoll, Hot Docs

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Wipe Out
19 October 2018 | by pmariceSee all my reviews

Incredible. Hardest work to capture the intensity, depth of emotion and truth. This film did accomplish their goal.

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