- A successful story teaching the harsh truths of urban youths
Slam is the story of an amazing, young spoken word artist, who faces the cruel realities of Southeast D.C.. Ray, who is portrayed by Saul Williams gets busted fleeing the scene of a crime, and is found with an illegal amount of marijuana. While in prison awaiting his fate, Ray befriends a young women who is there to teach writing to inmates. Lauren helps Ray come to a realization about himself. Ray learns anger is what oppresses, and once you get past that anger your mind is free. This harsh truth is accepted by Ray, as he changes his mind set, and helps others to see this way. What makes this movie so phenomenal is the emotion the viewer experiences throughout the film. This is not another story about ghetto life. Ray is a character who is easy to like and identify with. His charasmatic demeanor and articulate speech, give him strong leadership qualities. His poetry speaks the truth, and send goose bumps up your spine. Ray realizes the world he wants to be in, which is not the crime and revenge ridden streets of Southeast D.C.. However he is unaccepting of the middle passage he must take to get there, being two to ten years in prison. As the viewer waits to find out Ray's fate in an upcoming hearing the story comes to an end. The dramatic ending of Ray running through the streets of D.C. leaves the viewer in suspense, as this could be the last open air he will breath for some time. This powerful story though fiction, is one that is faced by thousands of urban youths in our inner cities today. Saul Williams plays an excellent role in this moving feature.
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