poetry in motion

Archive for September, 2015


From the forthcoming album & book by Luka Lesson


WE ARE POETS > feature documentary

Multi award-winning feature documentary, We Are Poets, presents a moving and poignant story of youth, art and freedom of expression. The film intimately follows six remarkable teenage poets from youth literary group, Leeds Young Authors, as they are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the world’s most prestigious Poetry Slam competition.

From their inner city lives in northern England, to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the team explosively lay bare the concerns of a generation as they take on the world and prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime.

Imaginative, honest and deeply personal, We Are Poets reveals a unique portrait of modern Britain and a testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Anyone tempted to dismiss today’s youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary.

Watch now on Vimeo On Demand: vimeo.com/ondemand/wearepoets


Alright > Kendrick Lamar

From the album: To Pimp A Butterfly

Watchtower of Turkey

A visual poem dedicated to the country of Turkey.

Directed and edited by Leonardo Dalessandri https://vimeo.com/leonardodalessandri
Music: “Experience” by Ludovico Einaudi – facebook.com/ludovicoeinaudi
Voice: Meryem Aboulouafa.  soundcloud.com/meryemaboulouafa

Directors note:

Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities.
I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.
This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂


Worldly Conversations – Poem by RISE member Sara Mussa
Illustrations and Animation by Shawn Lu