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Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson
US, 2011, 40 minutes, Color, DVD, English, Subtitled
Order No. W121061
Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the human heart, body and soul—as expressed through poetry. She highlights six different poets, who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. By summoning the creative voice of poetry to tell stories of survival and witness, each reclaims humanity and dignity in the wake of some of history’s most dehumanizing circumstances.

POETRY OF RESILIENCE gives us an intimate look into the language of the soul and brings us closer to understanding the insanity of war and how art will flourish, in spite of any obstacle.This film is recommended for courses in poetry studies, literature, peace and conflict studies and genocide studies.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


IDA DocuWeeks, Los Angeles *Academy Award Qualification
Woodstock Film Festival *Winner Best Short Doc
Cinema for Peace, Berlin *Nomination for Best Documentary

  • Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
  • Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Festival
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
  • San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

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QUOTES

    “[A]rtful, engaging… The writers use their poetry not only to bear witness to these atrocities but also to examine internal scars that often are beyond healing.”
    Ernest Hardy
    The Village Voice

    “Katja Esson's moving and evocative documentary ‘Poetry of Resilience’ should inspire anyone who might be in need of a way to voice the distance between their self and a most difficult experience.”
    David Strathairn, Actor

    “This film creates a lyric on its own. Highly recommended.”
    Brian Turner, Acclaimed Solder-Poet

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