In North Carolina’s close-knit community of spoken word poetry, three young people answer the call:
A high school student finds her voice and begins to deal with a painful past through a program at Durham’s Northern High School. Haunted by what he knows about war and the suicide of a friend, a Marine veteran takes his country to task and calls for veteran support. The murder of a fellow poet inspires a young, black activist to commit to a life devoted to the power of the word.
Our feature documentary, Truth Underground, tells their stories as these poets search for what fellow North Carolinian Maya Angelou called “a brave and startling truth.”
The nineteenth-century poet John Keats said, “Truth is beauty.” And beauty is harsh.