Speak Up


The Main 3 Sat, Jul 14, 2018 2:00 PM
The Main 3 Mon, Jul 16, 2018 5:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:À voix haute: La force de la parole
Program:Lumières Françaises
Young French Cinema
Release Year:2017
Runtime:78 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Unifrance
Upside Distribution
Director:Stéphane de Freitas
Ladj Ly
Producer:Anna Tordjman
Harry Tordjman
Cinematographer:Ladj Ly
Timothée Hilst
Screenwriter:Stéphane de Freitas
Editor:Jessica Menéndez
Pierre Herbourg


Original Title: À voix haute: La force de la parole

Every year, hundreds of students from all over the department of Seine-Saint-Denis face off in Eloquentia, a contest to crown the best orator in this wildly diverse, sprawling suburb of Paris. Speak Up follows a group of college students preparing for Eloquentia through an intensive six weeks of workshops in classical rhetoric, acting, slam poetry, and breathing techniques, then into the tournament itself. Smoothly juxtaposing fly-on-the-wall scenes of the group in the classroom and the amphitheater with interviews and solo scenes with a few participants (and the future winner!), directors de Freitas and Ly create an inspiring portrait, by turns riotous, by turns poignant, of a young generation of every creed and color brought together by a shared commitment to the French art of rhetoric.

The viewer will not soon forget Elhadj, a formerly homeless young man now running an NGO in West Africa, Leïla, a shy Syrian-French woman who forces herself to become an orator to “redefine feminism,” or Eddy, a fledgling actor from a tiny village who has to walk ten kilometers every day to catch a train to class.


This film is part of Young French Cinema, which is a program of UniFrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Lumières Françaises highlights an exciting new generation of rising francophone talent on both sides of the camera, from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries.