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About the Movie
Is it ever too late to turn your life around? For Jimmy Santiago Baca, it seemed every day was his point of no return. Before he could even learn to read, he was abandoned by family, swept into a life of crime, and shipped away to Arizona State Prison. At every turn, Jimmy was alone, until one kind act changed how he saw the world, and himself.A Place to Stand is the amazing true story of how Jimmy Santiago Baca —a man with seemingly no future— became a celebrated teacher, poet, novelist, and screenwriter. Based on the memoir of the same name, A Place to Stand takes viewers into Jimmy’s past and present to uncover how the power of the written word lifted him from the violence and pain that defined his early life. With powerful revelations from family, friends, and fellow inmates, as well as incredible insight into the early writings that first captured Jimmy’s imagination, audiences learn why it’s never too late to turn your life around – as long as you have a place to stand.
Long before this movie came out, I fell in love with Jimmy Santiago Baca's poetry. His story is amazing, and inspiring. I used the book and film in my classroom. I have tough kids, deep in poverty, struggling with enormous personal problems. They connect to Mr. Baca's story. They see themselves in his life. The movie brought everything full circle for my students. It gave them a chance not only to hear the story again, but to be face to face with Mr. Baca and hear it from his own mouth. I have seen the change in my students. I have felt the change in my teaching. I commend Mr. Baca and I thank the filmmakers for bringing such an inspiring story to life. It does and will change lives.
This film moved me so deeply. An exploration of poetry, the amazing power of words, the awesome strength of the human spirit and one man's remarkable life. The film allows the poet and his poems to speak for themselves and provides a beautiful container, a good balance of story, image and poetry. I thought about it for days afterward.
***WOW, INSPIRING*** This a well made documentary of a amazing journey of a man rising from the ashes of life and becoming something great despite his adversity. If you are looking for a great story to lift your spirits and inspire you to do great things in your life, you must watch this.