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We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Docu about kids living MLK's legacy gives all the feels.

Movie NR 2020 60 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Happy MLK day

This isn’t a joke review just happy MLK day
age 8+

Great MLK Day watch with the family

We watched this with our three kids ages 7, 10, and 13. It’s a great story of phenomenal kids of all backgrounds giving it there all to be a part of this oral competition that is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

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Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This inspiring film is an hour's respite from the challenges we face in the United States. Part of We Are the Dream follows the well-worn uplifting documentary narrative about talented kids working really hard toward a goal (similar to other inspiring documentaries like Spelling the Dream, First Position, Brooklyn Castle, etc.). What sets We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest apart is what the kids are working to achieve, which is to deliver compelling public speaking performances that address the issue of race. The kids' purity of conviction and clarity of message offer hope that these young people will fix what previous generations have messed up.

Adults will find it incredibly poignant watching small kids being so proud of their identities and committed to their sense of right and wrong. Kids will enjoy seeing other kids overcoming fears and succeeding in public speaking. Watch this together as a family, and allow it to be a natural jumping-off point to talk about race in the United States.

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