Netflix acquires rights for award-winning documentary ‘Giving Voice’

Giving Voice tracks the lives of six young students who are putting everything on the line to win an annual August Wilson Monologue Competition in order to get a chance to hit it big on Broadway.

The official synopsis reads:

“A new generation of performers is discovered in “Giving Voice,” which follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which highlights the work of one of America’s preeminent playwrights. The national event brings Wilson’s work (“Fences,” “The Piano Lesson” etc.) to public school students pursuing careers in the performance arts. The students who commit to the demanding and rewarding competition process are encouraged to explore themselves and the world around them through the monologues from Wilson’s century cycle of ten plays focused on the Black experience in America.” 

The documentary, through its story, focuses on the importance of words and how they play a significant role to create influence, as well as change in the right spirit. 

The documentary is an Endgame Entertainment and Pilgrim Media Group Production in association with Endeavor Content, Impact Partners, Get Lifted Film Co, and JuVee Productions. 

Giving Voice has been directed by James D. Stern and Fernando Villena and features a new generation of performers. It won the Sundance Film Festival Favorite Award.

The documentary features an original song “Never Break” performed by John Legend and penned specifically for the film by Legend, Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson McIldowie, and Greg Wells. Bryan Senti has also contributed music for it.

Netflix will release Giving Voice later this year.

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