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Subject: Children, Youth & Families

A Sentence Apart

A Sentence Apart

by Theo Rigby

The United States imprisons more people, per capita, than any country in the world - A Sentence Apart follows three families as they cope with the infinite ripple effects of incarceration in the U.S.

Am I Normal?

Am I Normal?

by Debra Franco and David Shepard

A film about male puberty

Anything You Want To Be

Anything You Want To Be

by Liane Brandon

A teenager's humorous collision with sex-role stereotypes.

The Boy Game

The Boy Game

by Deirdre Fishel

Tackling bullying among boys at its core: the cult of toughness and silence boys live by.

Beauty in the Bricks

Beauty in the Bricks

by Cynthia Mondell

Black teenage girls growing up in a housing project.

Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher

by Michael Fountain

An intimate journey inside the lives and work of coal miners.

Children in No Man's Land

Children in No Man's Land

by Anayansi Prado

Award-winning documentary that uncovers the plight of unaccompanied immigrant minors entering the United States.

Named 'Best Film' by The Center for Mexican-American Studies and Research

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Choosing Children

Choosing Children

by Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner

The film that jumpstarted the lesbian baby boom

Chris and Bernie

Chris and Bernie

by Bonnie Friedman and Deborah Shaffer

Two divorced single mothers share the responsibilities of family and career.

Deaf Jam

Deaf Jam

by Judy Lieff

ASL poetry changed Aneta Brodski’s life.  Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics as Aneta finds herself in an unexpected collaboration.

Dear Diary

Dear Diary

by Debra Franco and David Shepard

The film on puberty for girls

Downpour Resurfacing

Downpour Resurfacing

by Frances Nkara

Addressing the repercussions of child sexual and physical abuse

El Corrido de Cecilia Rios

El Corrido de Cecilia Rios

by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Latino youth cope with violence, grief and healing

Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes

by Rick Goldsmith and Abby Ginzberg

Youth, race and national service: AmeriCorps behind-the-headlines

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Father's Day

Father's Day

by Mark Lipman

A son searches for the meaning of his father's death

First Person Plural

First Person Plural

by Deann Liem

A Korean adoptee bravely unites her biological and adoptive families.

The Flashettes

The Flashettes

by Bonnie Friedman and co-produced by Emily Leon

Inner city girls gain self-esteem from a track club

Foo-Foo Dust

Foo-Foo Dust

by Gina Levy and Eric Johnson

A Mother. A Son. Crack. Heroin. A Tale of Love and Addiction.

Freedom Machines

Freedom Machines

by Richard Cox & Janet Cole and Jamie Stobie

YOU WILL NEVER SEE DISABILITY THE SAME WAY AGAIN

Frontier Youth

Frontier Youth

by John Kane

Growing up in neighboring towns divided by a steel border fence.

Gay Youth

Gay Youth

by Pam Walton

Breaking the silence surrounding gay and lesbian teens.

The Gillian Film

The Gillian Film

by Joanne Hershfield

A daughter with developmental disabilities decides to move out of the house.

Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble

by Lexi Leban & Lidia Szajko

Shot over a period of four years, Girl Trouble documents the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Francisco's failing juvenile justice system.

Going On 13

Going On 13

by Dawn Valadez & Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Four girls. Four years. The change of a lifetime.

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If the Mango Tree Could Speak

If the Mango Tree Could Speak

by Pat Goudvis

Ten children ages 12 to 15 share their experiences growing up in the midst of war in Guatemala and El Salvador

I'm Just Anneke

I'm Just Anneke

by Jonathan Skurnik

A family accepts their gender nonconforming child just as she is.

In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee

In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee

by Deann Liem

A Korean adoptee returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

by David Alvarado

An engaging short documentary about recovery from brain injury and life after rehabilitation.

It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School

It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen

All kids are affected by anti-gay prejudice, and all adults have the ability and responsibility to address it.

It's STILL Elementary

It's STILL Elementary

by Debra Chasnoff & Johnny Symons

The movie and the movement about addressing homophobia in schools

Joyce at 34

Joyce at 34

by Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weill

"...a film about people of three generations and many ways of accommodating to life. It sees life as a viable continuum - and that insight is perhaps as close to ecstatic perception as the documentary film can get." NY Times

The Key Of G

The Key Of G

by Robert Arnold

An award-winning doc about disability, caregiving and interdependence.

Let's Get Real

Let's Get Real

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen and Kate Stilley

Opens up dialogue about name-calling, bullying, and bias among middle school age students, told entirely from a youth perspective.

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Nana, Mom and Me

Nana, Mom and Me

by Amalie R Rothschild

An absorbing portrait of three generations of women

No Dumb Questions

No Dumb Questions

by Melissa Regan

Uncle Bill is becoming a woman in this funny and touching exploration of gender and sexuality through the eyes of 6, 9 and 11 year old sisters.

Once Upon a Choice

Once Upon a Choice

by Liane Brandon

A humorous, original fairy tale dealing with sex-role stereotypes.

Our School

Our School

by Mona Nicoara

Three Roma (“Gypsy”) children from a small Transylvanian village are swept in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools.

Pariah (The Short Film)

Pariah (The Short Film)

by Nekisa Cooper and Writer/Director, Dee Rees

A Bronx lesbian teenager juggles conflicting identities to please friends and family.

Poetic License

Poetic License

by David Yanofsky

The captivating power of youth poetry and spoken word

Read Me Differently

Read Me Differently

by Sarah Entine

Dyslexia…ADHD…One Family. Three generations struggling to connect.

Saving Jackie

Saving Jackie

by Selena Burks-Rentschler

A recovering drug addict struggles to develop healthy relationships with her adult daughters.

Scout's Honor

Scout's Honor

by Tom Shepard

The struggle to overturn anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America

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Silences

Silences

by Octavio Warnock-Graham

What happens when an interracial person's identity is denied by his white family and friends?

Sin País (Without Country)

Sin País (Without Country)

by Theo Rigby

With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family's journey as they are separated by deportation.

Sita: A Girl from Jambu

Sita: A Girl from Jambu

by Kathleen Gyllenhaal

A girls group in rural Nepal raises awareness about child sex trafficking and HIV/AIDS through street theater.

The Smith Family

The Smith Family

by Tasha Oldham

One Mormon familys extraordinary struggle with faith and forgiveness amidst infidelity, homosexuality and AIDS.

Spit it Out

Spit it Out

by Jonathan Skurnik and Jeff Shames

Stuttering, substance abuse, and the journey of self-acceptance

Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

by Debra Chasnoff and Sue Chen

How gender pressures impact all youth - straight and LGBT

Sunshine

Sunshine

by Karen Skloss

An intimate portrait of two generations of unwed mothers.

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Swell

Swell

by Charlotte Lagarde

A portrait of a community of four generations of women surfers in Santa Cruz.

The Teen Years: War or Peace

The Teen Years: War or Peace

by Cynthia Mondell

The essential video survival kit for every parent of a teenager.

That's a Family!

That's a Family!

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen and Ariella Ben-Dov, Kate Stilley, Fawn Yacker

What kids want us to know about what "family" means today

This Unfamiliar Place

This Unfamiliar Place

by Eva Ilona Brzeski

An award-winning film about secrets, survival and memory

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto

What happens in this teen theater company will amaze you.

Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground

by Amie Williams

American youth take a personal look behind the politics of South Africa

What Do You Believe?

What Do You Believe?

by Sarah Feinbloom

The religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers

Who Remembers Mama?

Who Remembers Mama?

by Cynthia Mondell

The plight of middle-aged women who lose their traditional roles as homemakers through divorce.

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The Youth and Gender Media Project

The Youth and Gender Media Project

by Jonathan Skurnik

What happens when your child changes gender? Two Short Films, One DVD