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Independent Lens Episode: "Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas"

Season 5, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: “Every Child Is Born a Poet” profiles legendary “Nuyorican” bard Piri Thomas, the author of the groundbreaking 1967 autobiographical novel “Down These Mean Streets.” Poet, storyteller, teacher and proselytizer, Thomas is a whirlwind. To keep up, filmmaker Jonathan Robinson follows him frenetically, mixing re-creations (fanciful and realistic; in color and in black and white) with segments in which Thomas counsels kids and leads writing workshops for young offenders. His mantra: “I came from violence. Poetry was my way out. Poetry is wisdom.”
Original Air Date: Apr 6, 2004
Guest Cast Jeremy Sanchez: Young Piri Thomas Eric Camacho: Younger Piri Thomas Jose M. Oliveras Brian Vouglas Maria Cora

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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