Giving Voice. Freedom Martin performing for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020

Watch The Inspirational Giving Voice Trailer

Netflix have unveiled the Official Trailer for award winning documentary Giving Voice. Based on the legacy of iconic black playwright August Wilson (Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). His  words are brought to life by a new generation in this film, following students in an annual monologue competition inspired by America’s preeminent playwright.

Viola Davis appears as well as executively produces the film alongside Denzel Washington, both starred in the film version of Fences. The pair share their praise for Wilson’s words and the impact on their careers. John Legend is also onboard writing a song for the film and executive producers.


A new generation of performers is discovered in “Giving Voice,” which follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which celebrates one of America’s preeminent playwrights. Every year, thousands of students from twelve cities across the United States perform the Pulitzer Prize winner’s work (“Fences,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) for a shot to perform on Broadway. Directors Jim Stern and Fernando Villena capture students discovering themselves and the world around them through Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a canon of ten plays portraying the 20th century African American experience. Executive producer Viola Davis, along with “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington, share the impact that Wilson’s timeless artistry and legacy has had on their careers and their hopes for the young people carrying it forward. Giving Voice is an Endgame Entertainment and Pilgrim Media Group Production in association with Endeavor Content, Impact Partners, Get Lifted Film Co and JuVee Productions.

Giving Voice will be exclusively released on Netflix from 11th December.