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Uptown Flicks @ Maysles Presents Speak Up

Each year at the University of Saint-Denis in the suburbs of Paris, the Eloquentia competition takes place to determine the best orator in the class. Speak Up (À voix haute – La Force de la Parole) follows the students, who come from a variety of family backgrounds and academic disciplines, as they prepare for the competition while coached by public-speaking professionals like lawyers and slam poets. Through the subtle and intriguing mechanics of rhetoric, these young people both reveal and discover themselves, and it is impossible not to be moved by the personal stories that surface in their verbal jousts. Without sentimentality, Speak Up proves how the art of speech is key to universal understanding, social ascension, and personal revelation.

The film is an official selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (NYFF).

« Uplifting and authentic » - The Hollywood Reporter


SPEAK UP (A voix haute - La Force de la parole)
Directed by: Stéphane de Freitas
Year: 2017
Runtime: 99 mins
In French with English subtitles

> The screening will take place on Saturday, October 14th at 7pm at Maysles Cinema and will be followed by a Q&A with director Stéphane de Freitas & protagonist Leïla Alaouf & a glass of delicious Intîme boutique wine.


This screening is the kick off event for the new Harlem film series Uptown Flicks @ Maysles, curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. This monthly series features screenings of top recent French documentaries and verite films followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions! The films presented all have one thing in common: they are questioning the current state of the world, sometimes with a radical perspective, sometimes with a hopeful look at humanity at its best, and end up opening our eyes about the role images and narratives play in bringing these issues to our awareness.


Image: "Speak Up"' by Stéphane De Freitas

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