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(February 11, 2019)  Executive Producer and Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali attended the World Premiere of the HBO Documentary Film We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest in Oakland, California.

The film features the Oakland Unified School District’s MLK Oratorical Festival in California – one of the many oratorical competitions that take place in communities across the country. The documentary follows students from schools across the city in the months leading up to the 40th annual festival, as they rehearse their speeches in classrooms and in their homes, hoping for a coveted spot in the finals.

WE ARE THE DREAM debuts TUESDAY, FEB. 18 (7:00-8:10 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO in commemoration of Black History Month. It is directed and produced by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz (HBO’s “In the Shadow of the Towers,” “Song of Parkland”) and executive produced by Academy Award winner and East Bay Native Mahershala Ali (HBO’s “True Detective”).


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