Slam is a 1998 movie that follows Ray Joshua (Saul Williams), a talented young man trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. He finds comfort and solace from prison and violence on the streets through literature, particularly poetry. One day, Ray goes to pick up drugs from his dealer who gets gunned down by gangsters, and gets busted by the police. Sentenced to prison time, he meets a writing teacher named Lauren Bell (Sonja Sohn), who convinces him to turn his poetry over to the public sphere. After getting out of jail, Ray enters his work into a poetry slam competition with the help of Lauren. His work continues to progress, and his relationship with Lauren blossoms throughout the film. Marc Levin directs this chilling drama that took home a Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.