There's something very refreshing and quite liberating about a good ol' documentary and HBO's Brave New Voices is no exception to the rule. It follows the journey of some seriously talented youth, for whom poetry is their means to voice all the important stuff in the world.
I'm particularly taken aback by their bravery, to get on stage and bare all. And when you hear some of these stories, you'll likely redefine what it means to bare all. When a dancer on stage, there's a costume, a character, a tune for you to hide behind. As an actor, a script. And as a pianist, a score. Sure, you're revealing a part of yourself whilst doing so, but these guys are truly baring their souls (perhaps performing your own written song or script or choregraphed dance would be more comparable). In any case, it's intimate, revealing and slap-you-in-the-face confronting.
It's well worth watching some more if you can.
Especially for those Gen-Y-don't-give-a-damn believers. These kids will prove you wrong.