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Against all odds, the first theatrical production in over 20 years at Dominguez High School is going to be Thornton Wilder's American classic "Our Town." The kids at this Compton school are about to experience more than a culture clash, as they embark on a rich journey and discover the educational and social value of theater. OT: our town tells the story of human spirit and its strength against the cliches attempting to hold them down. Where Wilder wrote about little Grover's Corners, this documentary exemplifies how Our Town is every town, Our Town is Compton. Winner - Best Documentary - Los Angeles FF. Winner - Palm Springs Int'l Festival. Nominated - Best Documentary - Independent Spirit Awards. Official Selection - Toronto, South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festivals.
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I'm JUST coming to this terrific film from 2005 which I found in the catalog of Film Movement - a company which "mines" the film festivals around the world and then releases them... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steve Ramm
I want to teach Our Town to my inner city students in LA. I saw this video available on Amazon and I thought I would buy it and watch it. I really liked it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wilma
It's a bit dated now, but I still enjoy showing it to my 11th graders after we watch Our Town. We talk about the ways Our Town can be modified for today and talk about how this... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Marykatherine Meyer
We viewed this in my Freshman Composition class after reading the play Our Town by Thorton Wilder. We were all very skeptical about the documentary but it showed the class how even... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Salvatore Talluto
Loved this documentary. It was real. Good focus on character development and the hard work involved in pulling off a production - in the school cafeteria no less - and in the... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Elisabeth Hargrove
Dominguez High, in infamous Compton, CA, has not produced a play in over twenty years. With no money and no stage, two teachers and twenty-four students attempt to produce Thornton... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
OT:Our Town presents an oasis of hope in a desert of despair. The teacher and students who take part in the theater production we, the audience, get to observe will connect with... Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by william I. Am
This doc knocked my socks off! If anything could make you believe in the universally transformative power of art, this might be it. Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Nathan T. Parker