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Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice follows the student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School navigating their school mass shooting as both survivors and journalists. The documentary explores youth free speech history in America (through the story of Mary Beth Tinker of Tinker v. Des Moines) connecting the Parkland students to a broader story about young voices and their power through social movements.

Educational Media Reviews Online | LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
Highly Recommended "A must-see film."

Ben Epstein, Professor of Political Science, DePaul University
"Raise Your Voice is a powerful and timely documentary that provides a unique perspective on the intersection of student speech, the First Amendment, and journalism. Filmmaker Maribeth Romslo deftly weaves the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Tinker vs. Des Moines Supreme Court case, one of the most important cases regarding student speech, with the important efforts of the student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as they worked to retell the story and the aftermath of the devastating school shooting that happened in Parkland, FL. In a time where young voices are increasingly speaking out, marching, and raising their voices in school, online, and in the streets, this documentary is an exceptional resource for high school courses to explore these subjects and their massive relevance in the lives of students. Raise Your Voice sheds new light on the power that students have through their speech, thoughtful journalism, and activism, along with the battles over what speech is and is not considered free."

"Sensitive ... The accompanying study guide fosters critical thinking and includes follow-up discussions."


Main credits

Romslo, Maribeth (film director)
Romslo, Maribeth (film producer)
Romslo, Maribeth (screenwriter)
Romslo, Maribeth (director of photography)
Romslo, Maribeth (editor of moving image work)
Brown, Matt (film producer)
Tinker, Mary Beth (on-screen participant)
Falkowski, Melissa (on-screen participant)
Nott, Lata (on-screen participant)
Madhira, Neha (on-screen participant)
Rosen, Dara (on-screen participant)
Schneid, Rebecca (on-screen participant)
Steinhardt, Leni (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Story producers, Cloe Axelson, Matthew Brown, Matthew Deery, Evelyn Sadowski, Nina Sharma; cinematographer, editor, Maribeth Romslo; music, Jimmy Stofer.


Journalism, Education, Youth Leadership, First Amendment Rights, Democracy & Social Movements, Activism, Law & Civil Rights, Expression & Censorship; "Raise Your Voice"; GOOD DOCS