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16 June 2008

HBO: Resolved

This is mainly for US visitors but I'm sure it will appear on worldwide screens in the near future.


Through the stories of two debate teams, the fascinating intricacies of high-school debate give way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class divide in American education in Resolved.

RESOLVED (June 16), winner of the Audience Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival, documents a year in the high-stakes world of competitive high school debate, which is marked by rapid-fire speech, memorized arguments and win-at-all-costs tactics. The film reveals unexpected truths about racial and class inequalities in America as an unlikely duo devises a strategy to bring debate back to its roots. Directed by Greg Whiteley.

In addition, Resolved features appearances by several well-known former debaters including: broadcaster Jane Pauley, actor Josh Lucas, former White House aid Karl Rove, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and journalist Juan Williams, who each offer their insights on how their participation in debate has shaped their lives, and how debate has proved to be an invaluable foundation in their careers.

Gasping for air to cram in as many facts and evidence as time allows, today’s debaters use memorized arguments, specialized jargon, and rapid-fire deliveries of up to 400 words per minute to render their performances virtually incomprehensible to the uninitiated. Resolved follows two high-school debate teams over the course of one year, illuminating the quirky evolution of the debate format while underscoring the inequalities in American education. This behind-the-scenes documentary sheds light on the win-at-all-costs tactics of top high-school debaters, and shows how an unlikely duo devised a strategy to bring debate back to its roots.
For more info please visit the HBO website
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