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Slam

Director:Marc Levin
Writers:Marc Levin and Richard Stratton
Trimark; 100; R minutes
Release:10/98
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.


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