|Writers:||Marc Levin and Richard Stratton|
|Trimark; 100; R minutes|
|Cast:||Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn and Lawrence Wilson|
An inspiring film of hope set in a time and place when despair usually wins. When poet/pot dealer Raymond Joshua (Williams) lands in jail on a drug charge, he finds himself caught in the middle of a prison-yard gang fight and slams his way out a brutal fight. While in jail, Raymond enrolls in a creative-writing program taught by former junkie Lauren Bell (Sohn). Lauren encourages Raymond's creative gift for writing and reciting incantatory poems. The film, shot on a shoestring budget in 12 days, won the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, as well as the 1998 Audience Award at Cannes.