Teen Culture and Life

Teenagers in the US/Canada
Teenagers in other countries
Teen Education and Propaganda Films of the 1950s and 1960s

Teens and Children in the Movies
Education and Student Life
Social Problems in the US
Women and Gender Studies
International Child Welfare Issues and Events

Teenagers in the US/Canada

Aging Out
"Aging out" chronicles the daunting obstacles that three young people in foster care encounter as they "age out" of the system and are suddenly on their own for the first time. This emotionally complex film is also a portrait of young adults struggling to overcome the scars of their troubled childhood in order to realize their dreams of independence and fulfillment. Written, produced and directed by Roger Weisberg. Bonus features: 2 short films: "Case closed," and "With no direction home," filmmaker biography. 2005. 90 min. DVD 6003

A.k.a. Don Bonus.
This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in America today. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Produced by Spencer Nakasako. 55 min. DVD 8275; vhs Video/C 4390
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Center for Asian American Media catalog description

O'Connor, John J. "P.O.V.; 'A k a Don Bonus.'" (television program reviews) New York Times v145 (Tue, June 25, 1996):B3(N), C18(L), col 2, 16 col in.

American Teen
In this documentary experience what the life of a high school senior is really like through the eyes of five real-life very different teenagers living in a small Indiana town. Features the Prom Queen, the Jock, the Rebel, the Geek, and the Heartthrob. Produced and directed by Nanette Burstein. 2008. 101 min. DVD X1926

The Band
Presents a year spent with the Decatur High School Marching Band. This film, which focuses on a family's confrontation with divorce, death and a father's relationship with his son, is a lively, engrossing look at American teen life, 1990s style. The film is a portrait of postmodern adolescence with refreshingly candid student commentary on everything from anorexia and Ritalin to divorced parents and race relations. Written, filmed and directed by David Zeiger. Originally telecast as part of the PBS Point of View series. c1997. 54 min. Video/C 5844

Because I Loved Him.
A teenage girl tells her story of being in a physically abusive relationship, how she coped with it, and finally acted to stop her boyfriend's abuse. 1994. 4 min. Video/C 4175

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Big Game (1982)
Captures the annual basketball game between the Muncie Central High School Bearcats and the Anderson High School Indians. Part of the Middletown series: Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic six-part series by Peter Davis explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana. Produced and created by Peter Davis. 120 min. DVD X4544; Video/C 4879

Bionic Beauty Salon
An educational and entertaining documentary addressing the insecurities of women of all ages who learn to place their self-worth in the measure of their beauty. The film offers a model for how to reclaim the media and find one's true self through six remarkable teenage girls who speak about their struggles with feminine identity. c1999. 22 min. Video/C 9300

New Day Films catalog description

Bowling for Columbine
he United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed and America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence. A film by Michael Moore. Special features: Michael Moore interview on his Oscar win and acceptance speech ; introduction by Michael Moore ; "Return to Denver/Littleton" featurette; interview tith Moore by Press Sec. Joe Lockhart; audio commentary by receptionists and interns ; teacher's guide ; segment from "The awful truth II: Corporate cops"; Moore's "action guide"; film festival scrapbook; "Charlie Rose show" with Michael Moore; Marilyn Manson's "fight song" music video;photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 2002. 119 min. DVD 1827

Broken Ties
In the 1960's unwed mothers were pressured into giving up their babies. This thought-provoking documentary that focuses on the filmmakers own unwed pregancy includes interviews with family members and social workers, as it probes the reasons she complied with a family decision to enter a home for unwed mothers and give her baby up for adoption. Written, directed and produced by Debra Baker. 1999. 27 min. Video/C MM653

Captive Audience: Advertising Invades the Classroom
Contents: Advertising invades the classroom -- The shadow curriculum : sponsored educational materials -- Channel One : commercials in the classroom -- Schools in need : the politics of funding -- Sweet deals : exclusive soda contracts -- Resisting commercialism : legislative action -- Resisting commercialism : local activism -- What's at stake : keeping schools public. For marketers who wish to reach the lucrative youth market, the school environment represents access to a captive audience of millions of students. This documentary examines this phenomenon through examples of in-school advertising, interviews with teachers, students, parents and activists and a case study of community action to oppose an exclusive soda contract in the Pittsburgh school district. c2003. 45 min. Video/C 9593

Media Education Foundation catalog description

Chain Camera
In August of 1999 at John Marshall High School, two miles east of Hollywood, ten video cameras were given to students to film their lives. After a week, the cameras were given to ten new students, and then the pattern was repeated the following week. For the next year, these cameras were moved through the student body. This film is a video diary for 16 of these students. Special features: Feature audio commentary with directory Kirby Dick, producer Eddie Schmidt and students Cinammon, Ethan, Amy and Jesse; four deleted scenes; four deleted student sequences; "Back to school with Kirby Dick": an interview with the director; "Woman with a movie camera": an interview with producer Dody Dorn; theatrical trailer; alternate treatment reel. Directed by Kirby Dick. 84 min. DVD 4138

Citizen Tanouye
Eight ethnically diverse high school students from Torrance, California bring history to life as they research Technical Sergeant Ted Tanouye, a graduate of their high school who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in WWII. Through their research of Citizen Tanouye, the students not only discover the impact of the war on their city, but also draw attention to the civil rights abuses of WWII-era America. Directed by Robert Horsting and Craig Yahata. 2005. 58 min. DVD X725

The Columbine Shootings
Commentary: Peter Jennings, Tom Foreman, Judy Muller, Bill Clinton, Ted Koppel. Peter Jennings and other correspondents cover the unfolding events in Littleton, Colorado, as two students over a period of four hours, murdered 13 people and wounded another 33 with gunfire and pipebombs before taking their own lives. The motives of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold remain a mystery, although investigators have formed theories based on what was found in the killers' home and on their personal computers. Includes an address to the nation by Bill Clinton and interviews with students who were present in the school during the time of the shootings. From a broadcast of the program ABC News special report, April 20, 1999. 44 min. DVD 9430

Come on Children
In the early 1970s, ten teenagers leave life as they know it for ten weeks to live on a farm. Watch as their raw emotions are caught on camera. What emerges are the fears, hopes and alienation of the growing pains of a counterculture. Directed by Allan King. 1972. 95 min. DVD X4595

Covered Girls
Documentary offering a look at the real lives of three American Muslim teenage girls. The film documents the daily experience of Kiren who coaches her high school basketball team, Amnah who has a black belt in Karate, and Tavasha who is cutting a CD of original rap songs. Their traditional clothing allows them to understand prejudices and to speak out about their faith, especially after 9/11, when people spat upon, pushed and threatened them. They are quite happy that their dress allows men to look at them as people instead of as sex objects. The film follows the girls from a Harlem recording studio to a Brooklyn mosque, revealing typical teenagers suddenly caught in a tug-of-war between religious extremism and the American dream. Directed by Janet McIntyre and Amy Wendel. c2002. 22 min. DVD X4666

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

What expectations and images do teenage boys feel pressured to conform to, and how do boys deal with these pressures? This brief, illuminating film explores an important but rarely discussed social and public health issue. A film by Elizabeth Pearson and Sally Rubin. 2003. 9 min. Video/C MM927

Description from Fanlight catalog

Death in the Hood
Portland, Oregon has seen a dramatic rise in youth violence, especially in the neighborhoods in North and Northeast Portland. This documentary examines how youths have responded to this violence, the rise in black on black violence, and the effects it's had on the neighborhoods. Includes commentary by community activists, educators, health and law enforcement professionals and gang members and also shows some innovative efforts in Portland schools to deal with the problem. 1996. 29 min. Video/C MM783

Nearly a decade in the making, this refreshingly honest film documents the challenges and desires of a group of young women in New Orleans by letting them film their own stories. As this diverse group of young women -- two teenagers from the Desire housing projects, a single mother from the working-class suburb of Belle Chase across the river, and two girls from the most prestigious private high school in New Orleans -- make short films about their own desires, this provocative film records the intimate dramas of their changing lives. Produced and directed by Julie Gustafson. 2005 84 min. DVD 7976

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Devil's Playground
Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of rumspringa which is a period in a teenager's life during which they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life so that they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church at adulthood. This documentary follows four teenagers in their time of discovery. Directed by Lucy Walker; producer, Steven Cantor. c2002 77 min. DVD 1607; also VHS Video/C MM231

DuBowski, Sandi Simcha; Walker, Lucy; Monserrate, Carey. "Trembling Playground: Two Young Directors Discuss Film, Faith, and the Challenges of Documenting Religion." Cross Currents; Spring2004, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p84-95, 12p UC users only

Dogtown and Z-boys
A documentary of a gang of discarded kids in L.A. who virtually revolutionized skateboarding with an aggressive style, awe-inspiring moves and street smarts, and in the process, transformed youth culture forever. Captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing, who used abandoned swimming pools to sharpen their skills. 2001. 91 min. DVD 1710

Chang, Chris. "Dogtown and Z-boys." Film Comment. New York: Mar/Apr 2002. Vol. 38, Iss. 2; p. 75 (1 page)
Hayes, Andrea. "Dogtown and Z-Boys: Teaching the Documentary." Screen Education, 2005, Issue 40, p84-87, 4p UC users only
Johnson, David T. "Playgrounds of Unlimited Potential: Adaptation, Documentary, and Dogtown and Z-Boys." Adaptation, Mar2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p1-16, 16p UC users only
Kusz, Kyle. "Dogtown and z-boys : white particularity and the new, new cultural racism." In: Visual economies of/in motion: sport and film Edited by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard. New York : Peter Lang, c2006 (MAIN: PN1995.9.S67 V57 2006)
McDonald, Ian. "Situating the Sport Documentary." Journal of Sport & Social Issues; Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p208-225, 18p UC users only
Roth, Elaine. "Dogtown and Z-boys." Journal of American Folklore, Spring2004, Vol. 117 Issue 464, p197-198, 2p UC users only

5 Girls
Follows five young teenage girls going to schools in Chicago. Looks at their family life, their behavior at home and school, and their friendships and other relationships. 2001. 113 min. Video/C 8411

Women Make Movies catalog description

Follows the student council presidential campaign at one of the country's most prestigious public high schools, Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Candidates must choose running mates, navigate primaries, write political platforms, perform in televised debates, shake as many hands as possible, and win newspaper endorsements. Special features: Optional audio commentary by Frankel, Polazzo, Freiman, Suh, Zaytsev & Zisiadis; additional footage with the participants; complete debate between Freiman & Zisiadis (15 min.). Directed by Caroline Suh. 2000. 80 min. DVD X1603

Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Residence Hall.
A documentary filmed at Stanford University during the 1990/91 school year. Two filmmakers moved into a freshman residence hall and followed a new group of students from move-in day to spring finals. We watch as 10 students from varied backgrounds grapple with a multitude of psycho-social developmental concerns including cultural, ethnic and class differences, the issues of substance abuse and sexual relationships, academic and career choices, stress management, autonomy and community building. 98 min. DVD 7452

Generation Next 2.0: Speak Up, Be Heard
What distinguishes the members of Generation Next from their predecessors? This program --a sequel to the celebrated public television documentary "Generation Next" --looks at the beliefs, concerns, and goals that galvanize young people today. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff guides viewers across the United States and into the lives of America's future leadership. Originally produced as a segment on The news hour with Jim Lehrer in 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 58 min. DVD X2950

Girl Hood
Shanae was ten when she was gang-raped; she responded by drinking and drugging, and by age 12 had graduated to murder. Megan ran way from ten different foster homes before being arrested on assault charges. Both came to the Waxter Juvenile Facility in Maryland. Follow these two girls for three years, as they try to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore's juvenile justice system. Produced and directed by Liz Garbus. 2003. 82 min. DVD 5282

Girls Like Us.
This documentary explores female teenage experiences of sexuality and pregnancy. An ethnically diverse group of four working class girls strut, flirt and testify about their lives. Filmed in South Philadelphia over a period of four years and following its protaganists from age 14 to 18, it brings into sharp relief the conflicts of growing up female, exposing the impact of class, sexism and violence on the dreams and expectations of teenage girls. Producers/directors, Jane C. Wagner, Tina DiFeliciantonio. 1997. 60 min. DVD 5894; vhs Video/C 5254

Women Make Movies catalog description

James, Caryn. "P.O.V.: Girls Like Us." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Tue, July 22, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 1, 11 col in.
Sikes, Gini. "The Dreams of Teen-age Girls and How They Fall Apart." (PBS to show documentary 'Girls Like Us,' which explores the impact of sex roles, class and violence) New York Times v146, sec2 (Sun, July 20, 1997):H24(N), H24(L), col 1, 24 col in.

Going on 13
Without flinching, this documentary chronicles four girls' coming of age and the precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman. As they grapple with issues of school, family, friends and identity, the film allows viewers to see what real girls face during this pivotal time in puberty, while providing a vehicle for discussing important developmental milestones. Produced & directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Dawn D. Valadez. 73 min. DVD X1101

Growing Up Female.
Describes the socialization of the American woman through a personal look into the lives of six women, ranging in age from 4 to 35. Shows the influence of such forces as parents, teachers, guidance counselors, the media, pop music, and the institution of marriage in directing women into socially acceptable sex roles. Producers, directors, writers and editors, Julia Reichert, James Klein. 1971. 50 min. Video/C 2927

Description from New Day Films catalog

Growing Up Online
MySpace. YouTube. Facebook. Friendster. Nearly every teen in America is on the Internet every day. They socialize with friends and strangers alike. Peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with. Investigates the risks, realities, and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web. Contents: Living their lives essentially online -- A revolution in classrooms and social life -- Self-expression, trying on new identities -- The child predator fear -- Private worlds outside parents' reach -- Cyberbullying -- Updates. Originally broadcast on Jan. 22, 2008 as a segment of the television program, Frontline. 60 min. DVD X223

Growing Up with the Self Image of American Girls
Interviews with American girls ages 8 to 16 about their developing perceptions of the "ideal" American woman and their own self-perceptions and personal goals. A film by Christina Bellantoni and Elizabeth Pickett. 1998. 12 min. Video/C 4406

Hard Times at Douglas High
The No Child Left Behind Act was created to boost academic levels of American schoolchildren by setting standardized goals across the nation --and holding states, districts and schools accountable for performance. For urban schools in high-poverty areas, reaching these goals has proven to be a daunting task, and many now face the real possibility of being taken over by the state --or being shut down altogether. This documentary captures the life of a Baltimore High School struggling to meet the academic demands of the No Child Left Behind Act revealing the troubles and triumphs in the classrooms, hallways and offices of the school. Directed by George Ratliff. Produced and directed by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond. 2008. 112 min. DVD X244

Hell House
Just outside of Dallas, Texas a violent haunted house is serving as the pulpit for a modern-day fire and brimstone sermon. Taking the viewer behind the scenes, this documentary examines why this small town church has resorted to such graphic means of saving souls. These houses don't rely on goblins, but instead they recreate scenes that graphically depict such modern-day evils as botched abortions, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, date rapes and drug-induced suicides. Special features: The Devil made me do it, George Ratliff's 1999 documentary short, the basis for Hell House ; This American life public radio broadcast about Hell House, hosted by Ira Glass ; Trinity Church's "Academy Awards" ceremony. Directed by George Ratliff. c2003. 86 min. DVD 1774

Stuart, Jan. "Bigotry and brimstone: a new documentary takes us inside Hell House, a Halloween creep show designed to scare kids away from "sins" like homosexuality." The Advocate July 23, 2002 p61(1) (580 words) UC Berkeley users only

High School (1968)
A documentary study of life in a typical urban high school, Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deals with the ideology and values of a large urban high school population as seen through encounters between students, teachers, and parents in guidance sessions, college counseling, faculty meetings, corridor patrol, gymnasium and classroom activities. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 75 min. DVD 8741; vhs Video/C 3753

High School II (1994)
A extensive documentary about Central Park East Secondary School, a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem. Focuses on interactions between the students, teachers, staff and parents who are involved in the school and on the opportunitiesgiven to learn outside of traditional classroom settings. Ninety-five percent of the school's graduates go on to four-year colleges. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 200 min. Video/C 7065

Immigrant Stories of Franklin High.
Teenage immigrant students from around the world who are enrolled in ESL classes at Franklin High School in Seattle Washington, speak candidly about their experiences assimilating into American high school culture. Producer, Beth Sanders ; teacher, Ruth Kutrukan. 2000. 28 min. DVD 9386; vhs Video/C 7907

It's a Girl's World: A Documentary About Social Bullying
An inside look at the tumultuous relationships of a clique of popular 10-year-old girls. Playground bullying captured on camera shows a picture of how these girls use their closest friendships to hurt each other - with shunning, whispering and mean looks - to win social power in the group. Also looks at the tragic story of a 14-year-old girl who killed herself after enduring months of rumours and verbal threats. Shatters the myth that social bullying among girls is an acceptable part of growing up. Directed and written by Lynn Glazier. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2004. 149 min. DVD 4574

It's a Teen World: Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips
This film examines the culture of sexual harassment and bullying widespread among many teens today. The price that adolescents, especially girls, pay to be cool, hip and popular in our brave new wired world is shared by three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers. Bonus features: Three interactive classroom modules based on 8-minute dramas on sexual pressures created by the teen participants in the film ; excerpts from the three part radio documentary series featured on CBC Radio One's Ideas ; Ryan's rap video "Under Pressure." A film by Lynn Glazier. 2009. 45 min. DVD X3804

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Kelly Loves Tony.
Produced and directed by Spencer Nakasano. Seventeen year-old Kelly Saeteurn has a dream--she calls it her "American dream." As a fresh high school graduate on her way to college she envisions a rosy future for herself, full of exciting opportunities granted by a college education. Kelly is the first in her family of Iu Mien refugees from Laos to have accomplished as much as she already has, but her dreams exist in sharp contrast to her reality. She is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Tony is a junior high drop out and ex-con whom she had met three months earlier at a shopping mall in Oakland, California. The honesty of this film's footage and dialogue offers viewers a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people struggling to make their relationship work in the face of overwhelming obstacles like parenthood, gender issues, cultural and educational differences. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 5488

The Kids of Telegraph
A film by John Mullen. A cinema verite look at the lives of young street people in Berkeley, California. UCB student film. 19 min. DVD 3879

Let's Get Real
Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying in American middle schools, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Students who have been the targets of bullying, as well as students who do the bullying, describe their experiences and how they make them feel. Originaly 35 min. version is immediately followed by another version in which the film is broken into eight segments, each approx. 4 minutes long. A Debra Chasnoff, Helen S. Cohen, Kate Stilley film. c2003. Video/C MM145

Me Facing Life
Cyntoia's story takes a hard look at some of the complex social issues concerning a 16-year-old girl who is serving a life sentence for murder. Cyntoia Brown found herself in a series of bad situations that led to her killing a man. The filmmaker spent nearly six years exploring her life and familial relationships in order to answer a very basic question ... why? This documentary pushes aside assumptions about what we think about violence and takes a glance into a startling social mirror that reveals a strong connection between violence in her maternal line and a predestined childhood filled with bad decisions. Director, writer, Daniel H. Birman. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2010. 52 min. DVD X5755

Media Literacy for Teens
TV and radio commercials, Web sites and banner ads, magazine ads, pop songs, photos, and even news articles and textbooks: all of them are sending messages to influence the reader/viewer/listener. What are they selling, a product or service? a lifestyle? an ideology? and why? This program raises more questions than it answers, which is the whole point: to prompt students to question, question, question the messages they are bombarded with daily. Savvy media consumers aren't born; they're made, and this program is an excellent tool for shaping a critical consumer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 35 min. DVD 9770

The Merchants of Cool
Explores the tactics, techniques and cultural ramifications of marketing moguls who are seeking the teen market. Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 8130

Meth: The Great Deceiver.
Drug experts and teenagers provide critical information on the common physical effects of methamphetamine abuse on the individual including paranoia, hallucinations, and heart attacks. Teens who have kicked their meth habit speak candidly of the impact the drug had on their lives. With 22-page activity guide. 1998. 17 min. Video/C 6331

Seventeen (1982)
This documentary follows a group of Muncie, Indiana seniors through their final year at Southside High School. The film provides a participant/observer perspective on the lives of the teenagers, both in school and out of school. Produced and created by Peter Davis. Part of the Middletown series: Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic six-part series by Peter Davis explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana. 120 min. DVD X4544; Video/C 4879

The Mirror Lied
How does a young African American woman deal with the ideals of feminine beauty imposed by a white society? This film shows the struggle of the filmmaker's fifteen-year-old sister, Jantre, to accept her appearance. Though she spends an hour each day trying to tame her unruly hair, she never feels attractive. 199? 27 min. Video/C 6524

Miss India Georgia.
A film by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg. This documentary film follows four contestants in the Miss India Georgia pagent and tells the story of their experiences as first generation americans. These young women disclose the complexity of their feelings about growing up in the United States as children of immigrant parents. Produced and directed by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg. 1997. 56 min. DVD 7297; vhs Video/C 5745

Dave, Shilpa. 'Community Beauty': Transnational Performances and Cultural Citizenship in 'Miss India Georgia'. Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 2001 Sept; 12(3): 335-58.

OT, Our Town
Against all odds, the students at Dominguez High School set out to put on the school's first theatrical production in more than 20 years. But what does Thornton Wilder's famous play about life in rural Grover's Corners have to do with Compton, California? This film follows the students on their discovery of the power of art and the human spirit. Produced & directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. 2003. 77 min. DVD 1906

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Examines the brutal slayings of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, and the investigation, arrest and trial of the three teenagers (the West Memphis Three) whose only crime seems to have been that they dressed in black, listened to heavy metal music, and were fascinated with the Wicca religion. A film by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Originally produced in 1996. 150 min. DVD 5124

A parish youth group in a lower-middle-class Chicago neighborhood discusses parental authority, growing up, and the struggle to communicate with parents. This cinéma vérité documentary of an actual meeting allows the young people to speak for themselves, giving us a viewpoint different from that of their more prosperous or more radical counterparts. Kartemquin Films, 1968. 21 min. DVD X2992

The Perfect Life: Growing up in Urban America
In 1992, filmmaker Sam Lee moved from England to teach second grade at a unique school in Harlem aimed at helping disadvantaged youth. Ten years later, she revisits her former students, now seniors in high school, to see what has become of them. Directed by Sam Lee. 82 min. DVD 8168

Features three New York City teenagers who use the city as their playground. Rio, a skateboarder, Ashley, a basketball player, and Alex, a break-dancer, create their own entertainment from their urban environment. A film by Lauren Madow. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2004. 13 min. DVD X3725

Prom Night in Mississippi
In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008 he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. Special features: Deleted scenes (18 min.) ; Interview with the filmmakers (22 min.) ; Theatrical trailer (2 min.) ; Filmmaker bio ; About Docurama ; Docurama trailers. Directed & produced by Paul Saltzman 2009. 89 min. DVD X3008

Put the Camera on Me
A true-life chronicle of a group of kids growing up in the California suburbs in the 1980's, told through the films made by filmmaker Darren Stein between the ages of 7 and 15. Offers an intimate peek into the power structure within a group of kids captured on film when the parents are away -- the jealousy, cruelty, sexuality, innocence, and often perverse imagination seen through the eyes of a child auteur at the dawn of the video generation. These movies became such an integral part of life on the street that kids vied for starring roles, as well as the attention and approval of the film maker, creating an atmosphere of betrayal with the exhilarating heights and crushing lows of a mini-studio system. Directed by Darren Stein and Adam Shell. 2003. 70 min. DVD X3592

Queer Geography: Mapping Our Identities: Detailing the Experiences of Four Queer Youth
Co-produced by two high school students, this documentary explores the lives of four gay youth, ages 16-20, examining such issues as sexual orientation, coming out, family life and dealing with being "out" in school. The film also addresses the role of community organizations in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth of today. Frameline. 2001. 12 min. Video/C 8144

La Quinceañera
Many important events in Ana Maria's life have been disappointing. Will her Quince Años (fifteenth birthday) be any different? Her mother and five siblings are determined that it will be: hoping and struggling to make her Quinceañera a special day, despite a lack of support from her father. Exploring issues of family, faith, and coming of age, La Quinceañera is a touching portrait of a Mexican family's love and devotion to each other. Directed by Adam Taub. 2007. 41 min. DVD 9576

Reckless Indifference
This tragic story of teens, drugs and murder explores California's controversial felony murder rule. Four teenagers participated in a backyard brawl which resulted in the death of the son of a police officer. The teens were tried, convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, even though only one of them actually committed the crime. Ten years have passed and they are still behind bars, though an appeal is pending. Directed by William Gazecki. 2000. 94 min. DVD 6113

Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool
As savvy teens lose interest in traditional forms of advertising, product placement in lyrics and music videos has become big, big business for manufacturers and rappers alike. Drawing on interviews with Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def jam Records; Camille hackney, of Elektra Entertainment Group; Damon Dash, CEO of Foc-a-fella Enterprises; media literacy advocate Debbie Gordon; and numerous Canadian rap artists, this program follows the money into the music/marketing arena. Originally aired on April 6, 2004 on the television program Marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 58 min. DVD 8872

Run Like a Girl. (Girls in America: Identity and Adolescence)
The unconventional yet extremely demanding sports of rugby, synchronized swimming, and double-Dutch jumping provide the context for teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds to probe the issues of adolescence. They discuss their feelings of liberation within the strict regimentation of competitive sports, their search for identity and self-esteem while revolting against the stereotyped expectations of others, body image, dating, and the importance of mothers and coaches as mentors. They also tackle social concerns, including bulimia, self-injury, suicide, broken homes, teenage pregnancies, and crime. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 7305

A film by Claire Burch. Runaways takes a close look at the lives and hopes of a group of young people who've left their homes all over the United States, to come to Berkeley, a place which gives a measure of entitlement to the homeless of all ages. They are all different, Raven, Sweetleaf, Jeremy, Doug and the others, but they share a rebellious nature, a comination of innocence and weary cynicism, and a tendency to get into trouble with the law (often not their fault) since citations for trespassing usually means they've found a place to sleep that wasn't legal. 1995. 40 min. Video/C 5531

Salamanders: A Night at the Phi Delt House
Shows members and guests of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Pennsylvania State at a party where the central amusement is swallowing salamanders. c1982. 15 min. Video/C 9968

School Colors.
This in-depth documentary looks at a turbulent year at Berkeley High School in California, focusing on teachers, students, and parents struggling with the question of whether diversity will enrich American society or tear it apart. 1994. 143 min. Video/C 3596

Goodman, Walter. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Tue, Oct 18, 1994):B3(N), C20(L), col 1
Leonard, John. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York v27, n42 (Oct 24, 1994):70.

Senior Year
Six young Los Angeles student filmmakers spent a year chronicling the interconnected lives of 15 of their peers from Fairfax (California) High School during their Senior Year. The result is an in-depth documentary tracing the tribulations of modern teenage behavior in a microcosm of 21st century-life. This extensive journey deals with topics old and new: Sexuality, bereavement, religious values, multiculturalism, family relationships and parental expectations; the struggles of immigrant, minority, gay, gifted and handicapped students; the experience of high school football and cheerleading, art and drama classes, and the eventual finality of graduation day. Contents: Cassette 1. Episode 1: We go to each other (26 min.) -- Episode 2. I wish he were here (26 min.) -- Episode 3: I planned on not getting hurt (26 min.) -- Episode 4: Angels protect my heart (26 min.) -- Episode 5: Maybe I'm not an artist (26 min.) -- Episode 6: My name is unity (26 min.) -- Cassette 2. Episode 7: At least I tried (26 min.) -- Episode 8: In life, everything isn't right and wrong (26 min.) -- Episode 9: Love shouldn't hurt this much (26 min.) -- Episode 10: I like talking (26 min.) -- Episode 11: There's a chance I could fail (26 min.) -- Episode 12: I can't believe prom is tonight (26 min.) -- Cassette 3. Episode 13: This too shall pass (56 min.) Created, directed and produced by David Zeiger. Video/C 8810

In a culture obsessed with the distorted images of youth and beauty conveyed by the mass media, this documentary explores the damaging lengths to which teenage boys will go to achieve the ideal male body. A film by Douglas Taplin and Richard Gaudio. c2005. 21 min. DVD 4720

Description from Fanlight catalog

Smile Pretty. (Girls in America: Identity and Adolescence)
Teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds open their hearts aboutlife as a beauty queen, discussing the pressure to fulfill a societal ideal, the allure of celebrity,and the artificiality of the ) modelling trade. In addition, they share incidents of heroism and sacrifice, feelings about their struggle for personal identity, and insights into the mother/daughter relationship. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 7304

Program about the sorority social life and rites and pressure of sorority members to conform. Women in the documentary are students and alumnae of the University of California at Berkeley. Produced by Pamela Rorke and Garth Lewis. 1979. 50 min. DVD X3030; vhs Video/C 661

Follows the lives of eight young Americans who share one goal: to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Bee is as intense a competition as any Olympic match, for both the spellers and their families. The unbearable pressure becomes even more extraordinary when it is felt by ordinary teenagers. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz. 2002. 97 min. DVD 7594

Meet 50 incredibly diverse students who take us on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens ... Demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and also are impacted by race, ethnicity and class. From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, the film reveals the toll that deeply-held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives, and offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence. Directed by Debra Chasnoff. Dist.: New Day Films. c2009. 67 min. DVD X2982

A film by Martin Bell, Mary Ellen Mark, Cheryl McCall. Documentary on the lives of 9 homeless American teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who survive on the streets as pimps, prostitutes, muggers, panhandlers, thieves and drug dealers. 1994. 92 min. Video/C 3977

The Teenage Brain: A World of theirOwn (Secret Life of the Brain series)
Centers on research of the brain during puberty, when the brain begins teeming with hormones and the pre-frontal cortex, the center of reasoning and impulse control, is still a work in progress. Discusses the work of Dr. Nancy Andreasen who is researching the problems of the adolescent brain and also special risks to the brain from addictive drugs or alcohol, with emphasis on the chaos of adolescent schizophrenia and what is being done to understand and alleviate it. DVD 9764; Video/C 8770

Teenagers on Trial(1955)
This documentary short examines teenage youth, of which an alarming two percent is delinquent. Suggested problems are overcrowded and under staffed schools, and households with both parents working. After showing a dramatization of what happens when a delinquent youth steals a car and runs over the town's favorite police officer, the court system is also shown to be a problem. The courts, according to this movie, are wrong to try such youths as adults, because it is obviously the failings of schools and parents which cause kids to go bad. The movie then suggest town meetings and team organizations for the kids, because as the movie says, "Any kid would rather be in a team than a gang!" Directed by Frances Dinsmoor. 19 min. DVD X5235

Thumbs Down
In this cinéma vérité documentary, a teenage youth group called Thumbs Down decides 'to bring Christ to their neighborhood' by holding an anti-war Mass at their conservative Chicago parish. Neither militants nor hippies, they simply believe that Christianity means social action and a concern with issues. They present this belief to the community and the confrontation reveals the deepening crisis of communication between the young Christians and their parents, priests, and neighbors. Kartemquin Films, 1968. 102 min. DVD X2992

Understanding Hookup Culture: What's Really Happening on College Campuses
When it comes to intimacy and sex, young people today are apparently doing away with the old rules of romance and cutting straight to the chase. If recent reports are to believed, the rise of hookup culture on college campuses is in the process of killing off dating and courtship, radically altering some of our most basic assumptions about heterosexual sex and gender. But for all the speculation, there's been little beyond anecdotal evidence to back any of these claims up. This lecture by Stanford University's Paula England, a leading researcher in the sociology of gender, aims to clarify what's actually going on. England mobilizes a wealth of data--illustrated with highly accessible motion graphics--to begin to chart whether hooking up represents some kind of fundamental change, or whether we're simply seeing age-old gender patterns dressed up in new social forms. Produced and directed by Sut Jhally. 2011. 29 min. DVD X5508

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Whose Children Are These?
Through the eyes of three Muslim teenagers, the film presents effects of the post-9/11 INS special registration of certain male non-immigrants from Muslim countries. Mohammad, 18, was born in Pakistan, but has lived in the U.S. since the age of seven. He faced the possibility of being sent back to a country he scarcely knew but his congressman intervened at the last minute and he was granted permision to stay. Navila, 19, from Bangladesh, carries on a futile struggle to save her father who was deported back to the very country from which he had fled. Sixteen-year old Hagar Youssef who has dealt with slurs and prejudice because she wears a headscarf, has mobilized groups to combat bias crimes in New York City. She discusses her experiences as well as the ramifications faced by immigrant communities of the Special Registration program. Director, Theresa Thanjan. 2004. 27 min. DVD 6518

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering
Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz show how so-called 'entertainment' is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men." c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9319

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Young, Homeless & Queer
Homeless, queer youth -- Fighting The Right: Includes 2 videos about the Christian agenda -- Queer holiday: Cancun, Mexico -- Out in America: Grace under pressure -- The road to the games: Onwards into the storm -- Cinema homosexual: Threesome -- Local color: Queer Austin music and arts scene. Originally broadcast on Network Q:A video news service published monthly providing the gay perspective on America. 120 min. Video/C 4000:1994:5

Teenagers in the Other Countries

The Big Experiment. Episode 1
Does science have the power to change lives? Three of Britain's leading scientists are on a mission to find out. Over the course of six weeks, 19 East End teenagers from one of London's toughest schools are the focus of a ground-breaking social experiment -- to see if their engagement in a series of incredible scientific experiments can change the way they see the world and explode their misconceptions about science. 2008. 42 min. DVD X194

Boys, Toys and the Big Blue Marble (Des billes, des ballons et des garçons)
A documentary about the unenviable existence of millions of young boys around the world who are pressed into forced labour, fundamentalist religious indoctrination, military service (while they are still smaller than the guns they carry) and prostitution rings. All too often these boys are forgotten, their fate sealed from their infancy. As they are abused and their spirit is crushed, they repeat the cycle as adults, abusing and crushing the next generation. The film travels to Bolivia, Sri-Lanka, Burma, Brazil and Mali, and is told from the boys' viewpoint. Director, Marquise Lepage. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 52 min. DVD X275

Doon School Quintet
An intimate study of India's most prestigious boys' boarding school, located in Dehra Dun in Uttaranchal. Sometimes called 'the Eton of India', Doon School has never the less developed its own distinctive style and presents a curious mixture of privilege and egalitarianism. Part 1 looks at the life of Indian middle-class boys as they experience the effects of institutional, national, and global pressures during the transitional years from childhood to adulthood. Part 2 focuses on a group of 12 year olds during their first year in one of the 'houses' for new boys. Part 3 follows one of the boys into the next phase of his life in Jaipur House, one of the five main houses in the school. Part 4 focuses on the social dynamics within the group arriving in Foot House, one of Doon Schools' dormitories for new boys. Part 5 explores the thoughts and feelings of one boy during his first weeks as a Doon student. Contents: Disc 1-2. [Part 1] . Doon School chronicles : a study in 10 parts (140 min) -- Disc 3. [Part 2]. With morning hearts : a year in foot house (110 min.) -- Disc 4. [Part 3]. Karam in Jaipur (53 min.) -- Disc 5. [Part 4]. The new boys (101 min.) -- Disc 6. [Part 5]. The age of reason (87 min.). A film by David MacDougall. Originally released as a series of documentaries in Australia : [Fieldwork Films], 2000-2004. 491 min. DVD X813

Educating Yaprak
Turkey is a country with a large, young population, but literacy rates have traditionally lagged behind neighboring countries. Turkey has identified education as key to reducing poverty, so the state has embarked on an ambitious campaign, targeting those most deprived of education -- young teenage girls -- especially from poor rural areas. 2004. DVD 3965

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
Shows the friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls, Mona, a resident of a Beirut refugee camp, and Manar, who lives under Israeli control in Bethlehem's Al-Dheisha camp. After corresponding through letters the girls finally meet at the border during the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon and are impacted when the intifada erupts around them. Produced and directed by Mai Masri. c2001. 56 min. Video/C 9734

Looks at the life of a young girl in the Indian village of Mithila. Tells how changes in roles and attitudes have come to women there through ancient traditions of painting, but Munni learns the old ways from her grandmother and the new from her aunt. Her daily life exhibits the values of family and cultural continuity that are her legacy. 1990. 29 min. Video/C 4264

A powerful documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to the women's shelter, Reyhaneh Centre, in Tehran, Iran. It focuses on the sufferings of the girls who struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of their families, mainly their fathers, brothers and stepfathers. A moving, personal expose of the systematic control of women through anger and aggression in the Iranian patriarchal system. 2002? 84 min. Video/C 9097

7 Plus Seven (7 Up Series)
Second in a series of programs by Michael Apted who interviewed a group of British children from widely differing socio-economic backgrounds at intervals of seven years from the age of 7 through 42. In 7 Plus Seven, the children, now aged fourteen, answer the same questions they were asked at 7 years discussing such issues as freedom, discipline, politics and their future plans. DVD 3074

These Girls (el-benate dol)
Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. With astonishing access to the girls' world, this vigorous, cinematic film is built upon the deep trust of its subjects. Already at a disadvantage as impoverished and abused girls in a Muslim society, they encounter rape, drug addiction, prostitution, pregnancy and motherhood on the streets. While the girls' troubles are not downplayed, neither are their courage, playfulness and vibrant camaraderie. A film by Tahani Rached. 2006. 68 min. DVD 7915

Women Make Movies catalog description

Working Sister (Da gong mei)
Seventeen-year-old farm girl Xu Li Li works in a factory in the south, and travels the 1000 miles home to her family farm for the New Year. One of the 'da gong mei', the working sisters, she talks about her life at the factory and back home on the farm. Writer/director/producer Jennifer Stephens. c1998. 28 min. Video/C MM596

Young Voices from the Arab World: The Lives and Times of Five Teenagers
Everyday aspects of Arab culture and society are conveyed through the lives of five teenagers from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco. They take the viewer into their homes, schools, places of worship and favorite entertainment spots. Additional narration provides historical, geographical and other background information. Director, Leslie Nucho. 30 min. Video/C 7333

Xiao's Long March.
Documentary about an unemployed eighteen year-old Chinese boy who was an indifferent student and now, without a university education, has no prospects for a decent job. Tired of living with his nagging parents he takes the only way out he sees; he joins the army. 39 min. Video/C MM139

Teen Education and Propaganda Films of the 1950s and 1960s

Propaganda (Social and Religious Propaganda)

Christian Youth Scare Films.
Protestant films produced in the 1950's to educate American youth about commitment to their faith.

Volume 1: Teenage Conflict: Two youths become so taken with scientific theories that they begin to question their faith. Their parents and their church youth group are very concerned. Teenage witness: Terry, a die-hard Christian, is teased for his beliefs. But when a boy asks Terry to teach him about door locks for a questionable motive, Terry presents him with a key to an entirely new way of life. Teenage code: Should Bill listen to Joe and cheat on the history exam, or realize that no good Christian should let down his school work, expecting God to come to the rescue? 101 min. Video/C 6003

Volume 2: Teenager's Choice: A young teenage couple decides to postpone their marriage after listening to advice from their parents and church. Teenage Christmas: Teenagers are busy putting together an outdoor nativity scene when they rudely brush aside two kids who pester them. The children return to wreck the display, but the true meaning of Christmas mends the rift. Teenage loyalty: Jean, an active, outgoing church youth takes on too many new interests that shift her attention from the church. Because of her neglect, a youth meeting goes awry and she realizes that her first loyalty has to be to the Lord. The Right start: a young boy steals a clock from a store but reforms after becoming involved in a police baseball league. 114 min. Video/C 6004

Volume 3: Teenage Testament: Roy, who works in a small restaurant which is the local teen hang-out, takes a lot of ribbing for his beliefs and is forced to stand up for his convictions. Teenage challenge: Dave writes an essay for the school contest about the importance of finding God's will for his own life which causes quite a controversy. Teenage crusade: Church youths plan a "get acquainted" jalopy raid but when some "bad eggs" attempt to bust up the party, the Christian crusaders meet the problem with sincerity and friendliness. The Red trap: A film designed to expose the subtle methods which Communist agents use to capture the minds and hearts of young people. 114 min. Video/C 6005

Classic Sex Education Films. Disc 1.
As boys grow (1957, 16 min.) -- Human reproduction (1947, 21 min.) -- Social sex attitudes in adolescence (1953, 23 min.) -- Physical aspects of puberty (1953, 18 min.) -- In the beginning (1937, 16 min.) -- Your body during adolescence (1955, 11 min.). As boys grow: A track and field coach takes time after practice to explain to the team all about the birds & the bees. Discussed are the various types and speeds of male development, noctural emissions, masturbation and sex. Human reproduction: Released in 1947, this grandaddy of all American sex education films launched a major controversy throughout America upon its release over the legitimacy of sex education in schools. The film concentrates on presenting detailed information and illustrations of human sexual reproductive physiology. Social sex attitudes in adolescence: Discusses the development of the teenager's understanding of the meaning of sex. Depicts the case of a boy and a girl during their adolescent experience which culminates in their marriage. Shows how, as children, they were given sex education in the home; how they became increasingly aware of the opposite sex; their dating of boys and girls to form an idea of the kind of person they wanted to marry; how they handled such problems as petting; and how they finally met, discovered and shared their common interests, fell in love, and married. Physical aspects of puberty: Depicts Johnny and Janey during "the in-between period of adolescence." Using animated diagrams, the development of the primary (reproductive) and secondary (body hair and physical development) sex characteristics in males and females is analyzed. In the beginning: Takes on the subject of evolution with a sensible exposition of the commonalities of mammalian reproduction. Your body during adolescence: Outlines what changes boys and girls will go through due to the activities of the seven glands that govern the growth of maturing adolescents. DVD 9733

Classic Sex Education Films. Disc 2.
Girls beware (1961, 10 min.) -- Boys beware (1961, 10 min.) -- Sex madness / produced and directed by Dwain Esper (1938, 52 min.) -- To the people of the United States / produced by Walter Wanger ; directed by Arthur Lubin ; cast, Jean Hersholt, Robert Mitchum, Noah Berry, Jr. (1944, 21 min.) -- Molly grows up (1953, 14 min.) Girls beware: Classic women are victims film. It teaches young girl how to avoid getting picked up by men. In four case histories, the dangers of girls' falling prey to molesters is shown. Describes baby-sitting do's and don'ts and girl pick-up situations. Boys beware: A film warning children against homosexuals, claiming that they are pedophiles preying on young school children. A police officer explains the many techniques homosexuals (sexual predators) may use on children such as praise, companionship, money, presents and becoming over personal to win over a child's trust. Sex madness: The evils of loose living and "unbridled lust" in promoting syphilis are detailed in campy, overacted vignettes. The danger of consulting quacks for quick cures and the importance of getting competent medical help are melodramatically underscored. One of the first films from the 1930s that pushed the norms by discussing lesbians and STD's. To the people of the United States: This film stresses the intensity of the problem of syphilis by numbers of cases and cost in dollars and heartaches. Shown are the importance and relative ease of detection and cure, and a comparison to Denmark's syphilis program. Features a young Robert Mitchum in a dramatized sequence in the role of a soldier. Molly grows up: When Molly has her first period Mom's there to explain everything. Even still, the school nurse explains the details to Molly and the rest of her female classmates on such issues as the menstrual cycle and other physical manifestations of puberty. DVD 9733

Classroom Scare Films
Videocassette release of motion pictures originally produced in the 1960's.

Volume 1: Drug Horrors: Six film classics which detail the horrors of drug use and drug addiction by focusing on the physiological, psychological and social effects of drug abuse. Produced during the drug scare of the late 1960s and early 1970s, these films -- designed by parents, educators, and corporate sponsors -- were intended to scare American teenagers away from "getting high". Contents: Weed (25 min.); Ups/downs (21 min.); 4 untitled films concerning the dangers of prescription drugs, alcohol, marihuana and heroin (78 min.) 124 min. Video/C 6006

Volume 2: Health Horrors: "If it could kill, cripple, disfigure, or just plain embarrass you, you'll probably find it in at least one of these classic hygiene scare films!" Created to educate children and high school youth these films cover such issues as venereal diseases, the diagnosis of scoliosis in school children, the health effects of cigarette smoke, the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, and dental care. Contents: VD: truths and consequences (28 min.); [Syphilis] (12 min.); Scoliosis (15 min.); Smoking: its your choice (15 min.); Alcohol: how much is too much? (10 min.); Flossing and brushing (7 min.); Your mouth (15 min.); Drugs: use or abuse? (9 min.) 112 min. Video/C 6007

The Educational Archives, 1: Sex & Drugs
Contents: LSD: Insight or insanity? -- It's wonderful being a girl -- Narcotics: Pit of despair -- LSD: Case study -- Marijuana (with Sonny Bono). A collection of sex education and drug prevention films shown in public schools, ranging in date from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Learn all about the dangers of marijuana, the perils of heavy petting, the difference between boys and girls and the joys of menstruation. 120 min. DVD 1002

The Educational Archives. More Sex & Drugs
Contents: Drugs are like that -- The innocent party -- Keep off the grass -- Red light, green light -- Alcohol is dynamite -- Parent to child about sex -- Drug effects -- Sally -- Focus on LSD -- Girls beware -- Sudden birth. Collection of films shown in public schools from 1945-1970, concerning sex education and drug use prevention. 180 min. DVD 2747

The Educational Archives: Patriotism
Collection of films concerning patriotism originally produced between 1945-1976 to be shown in public schools. Despotism (1945, 10 min.) -- The great rights (1963, 13 min.) -- A day of thanksgiving (1951, 12 min.) -- Patriotism / with Bob Crane (1972, 9 min.) -- Duck and cover (1951, 9 min.) -- You can change the world / with Jack Benny, Bob Hope (1952, 28 min.) -- 200 (1976, 3 min.) -- Getting ready emotionally (1951, 11 min.) -- How we got what we have (1950, 22 min.) -- Freedom comes high (1944, 13 min.) -- Mission, sonic boom (1959, 10 min.) -- Red nightmare (1962, 29 min.) -- The pledge of allegiance (1972, 8 min.). DVD 6985

The Educational Archives: Religion
Collection of films concerning religion originally produced between the 1940s and 1970s to be shown in public schools. The door to Heaven -- Carnivorous plants -- Atomic energy can be a blessing -- Stalked -- Turn the other cheek -- Of Heaven and home -- Getting ready morally -- New doorways to learning -- Teenage challenge -- Youth suicide fantasy. 480 min. DVD 6986

The Educational Archives, 2: Social Engineering 101
Contents: Lunchroom manners -- Soapy the germ fighter -- The outsider -- Why doesn't Cathy eat breakfast? -- Shy guy. A collection of social guidance and etiquette films shown in public schools, ranging in date from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Discover how to fit in, keep clean, choose between right and wrong, and behave yourself in the cafeteria. 120 min. DVD 1003

The Educational Archives. Social Engineering 201
Skipper learns a lesson -- What to do on a date -- The self-image film -- Social acceptability -- Good health practices -- Understanding others -- Kitty cleans up -- The cautious twins -- Your junior high days -- Buying food -- Each child is different -- It must be the neighbors. Collection of social guidance and etiquette do's and don'ts films, ranging from the late 1940's to the early 1970's, shown in American public schools. 180 min. DVD 2748

The Educational Archives, 3: Drivers Ed.
A collection of driver's safety films, ranging in date from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. As state governments required drivers be licensed and educational programs provided to students, films were used to teach the basics and laws of driving. This is a presentation of films shown in driver's education classes all over the United States. Contents: Tomorrow's drivers / Jimmy Stewart, narrator -- Joy ride -- Alco beat -- The bottle & the throttle -- The talking car -- The last prom -- Safety belt for Susie -- I like bikes, but ... -- Highball highway -- The crossroads crash. 120 min. DVD 1740

The Educational Archives, 4: On the Job
A collection of job training and safety films ranging in date from the late 1940s to the early 1980's. One of the expected duties of our public education system is to crank out model citizens ready and willing to take their place in the great society of work. These industrial and educational films have been used to graphically illustrate the hazards of the workplace and needed management skills to hundreds of people in schools and businesses. 120 min. DVD 1741

Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films
A look at the graphic, sometimes violent and gruesome driver's education films that were produced between 1959 and 1979 by a small group in Mansfield, Ohio. The films promoted safety by showing color footage of the consequences of reckless driving. Special features: Three complete driver's ed shorts, excerpts from fifteen shocking classroom films, deleted scenes (14 min.), two theatrical trainers, picture gallery. 91 min. DVD 2210

How to Be a Man: Instructions for Proper Male Behavior from Classroom Films of the 1940s-'70s
For centuries, parents have struggled to usher their children through the often treacherous journey to adulthood. In America, a new form of tutelage was engineered: the classroom film. Suddenly, the prickly issues of sexual development and juvenile delinquency could by addressed. These films helped to deal with the subtleties of behavior and the importance of fitting in. Topics covered include coping with failure and teasing. Contents: Fears of children / International Film Foundation (1951 ; b&w ; 27 min.) -- Am I trustworthy? / Coronet (1950 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Act your age / Coronet (1949 ; b&w ; 12 min.) -- The Other fellow's feelings / Centron (1951 ; b&w ; 8 min.) -- Your body during adolescence / McGraw-Hill (1954 ; b&w ; 11 min.) -- The Show-off / Centron (1954 ; b&w ; 11 min.) -- Planning for success / Coronet (1950 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Moment of decision / Sid Davis Prods. (1961 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- Car theft / Bray-Mar (1956 ; b&w ; 14 min.) -- Dance, little children / Centron (1961 ; col. 25 min.) -- The Decision is yours / Calvin Productions (1970 ; col. ; 30 min.). DVD X2291

How to Be a Woman: Instructions for Proper Female Behavior from Classroom Films of the 1940s-'70s
As the daughters of the baby boom reached adolescence, the American school system struggled to educate them on matters of sexual and social development. For teachers, classroom films about such topics were considered a godsend. They depicted the reproductive system in anatomical detail or through puzzling symbolism. Beyond sex education, classroom films addressed a wide array of social issues, from the importance of cooking skills to self-defense and how to appear more pleasing to others. Contents: You're growing up / Bailey Films (1955 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- The Wonders of reproduction / Moody Institute (1958 ; col. ; 11 min.) -- Let's make a sandwich / American Gas Assoc. (1950 ; col. ; 4 min.) -- Why study home economics? / Centron (1955 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- As others see us / Social Science Films (1953 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- Growing girls / Film Producers Guild (1949 ; b&w ; 12 min.) -- Improve your personality / Coronet (1951 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Pattern for smartness / Hartley Productions (1948 ; col. ; 18 min.) -- Girls are better than ever / Douglas Film Ind. (1967 ; col. ; 13 min.) -- You're the judge / Crisco (1960s ; col. ; 18 min.) -- Worth waiting for / Brigham Young University (1962 ; col. ; 27 min.) -- Saying no: a few words to young women about sex / Crommie & Crommie (1982 ; col. ; 16 min.) -- Attack / Taft Broadcasting (1966 ; b&w ; 14 min.). DVD X2292

The Joy of Sex Education
Anthology of sixteen sex education films made in Great Britain taking in almost 60 years of British sex education. All matters, unmentionable or otherwise, are dealt with here, from WW1 warnings to soldiers of the potential dangers of cavorting with loose women in Londonís West End, to puberty pep-talks for girls and scare stories to deter unwanted teenage pregnancies. Contents: Disc 1. The joy of sex, 1917-1938 -- Whatsoever a man soweth (1917, 38 min.) -- Any evening after work (1930, 27 min.) -- How to tell (1931, 21 min.) -- The Mystery of marriage (1932, 32 min.) -- Trial for marriage (1936, 28 min.) -- A Test for love (1937, 28 min.) -- The Road of health (1938, 11 min.) Disc 2. The joy of sex, 1940-1973 -- Love on leave (1940, 33 min.) -- Six little jungle boys (1945, 9 min.) -- The People at no 19 (1949, 17 min.) -- Growing girls (1949, 12 min.) -- Learning to live (1964, 19 min.) -- Her name was Ellie, his name was Lyle (1967, 28 min.) -- Growing up (1971, 23 min.) -- Don't be like Brenda (1973, 8 min.) -- 'Ave you got a male assistant please miss? (1973, 4 min.). DVD X1682

Juvenile Delinquency Films
Contents: Ask me, don't tell me / American Friends Service Committee (1961, 21 min.) -- Boy in court / National Probation and Parole Association (1940, 10 min.) -- Boy with a knife / Los Angeles Community Chest (1956, 19 min.) -- Why vandalism? / producer, Hal Kopel (1955, 16 min.).

Ask me, don't tell me: San Francisco gangland is the subject here. Includes a survey of the sad, violent and hopeless world these youngsters live in, the turf fights they inevitably engage in and the punishments the law ultimately metes to them. Also shows several work projects for unemployed teenagers as a preventative measure to juvenile delinquency. Boy in court: Details the operations of the juvenile court when a 15-year old boy is brought before it for stealing a car. Follows him through his sentencing and his one year probation and concludes with his release. Boy with a knife: Richard Widmark narrates this re-enactment of a case history from the files of a Los Angeles youth service agency. Tells the story of Jerry, a young man wielding a knife in answer to the troubles brought on him by his wicked stepmother and it takes an actor (Chuck Connors) to play the social worker who makes all work out right in the end. Why vandalism? Probes the underlying causes that lead three boys to destroy a classroom. Finds the origins of vandalism in the personal traits and environmental factors that create antisocial personalities. Suggets ways in which vandalism may be curbed. DVD 2654

Mind Your Manners!: Classic Etiquette Films
Educational films produced primarily in the late 1940s and 1950s presenting the do's and dont's for pre-teens and teenages and teaching "appropriate" social skills and etiquette. Disc 1. Date with your family (1950, 10 min.) [also available for viewing online]-- Cindy goes to a party (1955, 10 min.) -- Dining together (1951, 10 min.) -- Dinner party (1945, 15 min.) -- Everday courtesy (1948, 9 min.) -- Good eating habits (1951, 10 min.) -- Good sportsmanship (1950, 10 min.) -- Good table manners (1951, 10 min.) -- Gossip (1953, 10 min.) -- How do you do? (1946, 14 min.) -- Johnny learns his manners (1946, 17 min.) Disc 2. Let's play fair (1949, 9 min.) -- Mind your manners (1953, 11 min.) -- Obligations (1950, 16 min.) -- Playing together (1950, 10 min ) -- Social courtesy (1951, 10 min.) -- Table manners (1947, 10 min.) -- Fun of being thoughtful (1950, 10 min.) -- Good loser (1953, 13 min.) -- Gossip (1955, 13 min.) -- The prom: how to behave (1961, 17 min.) -- Writing better social letters (1948, 11 min.) DVD 4452

The Mind-benders: Scary Drug Education Films From the 60's. Volume One.
Four films from the 1960's warning of the dangers of LSD. In Mind-benders, a harmless sitar party turns to tragedy. LSD: trip or trap? Chuck becomes a tragic victim of LSD despite his friend's attempts to save him. LSD: trip to where? A Timothy Leary interview highlights this hard-hitting expose of the physiological effects of LSD. LSD: a no-nonsense military training film about LSD. All the facts are here. What you do with them is your decision. Contents: Mind-benders: LSD and the hallucinogens / written and directed by Lee R. Bobker (1967, 25 min.) -- LSD : trip or trap? / produced in cooperation with the Inglewood Police Dept. (1968, 19 min.) -- LSD : trip to where? / produced by Tim Knight (1968, 23 min.) -- LSD / produced by the U.S. Navy (1967, 30 min.). Video/C 6452

Sex Education Films, 1947-1957
Contents: As boys grow (1957, 16 min.) -- Molly grows up (1953, 14 min.) -- Physical aspects of puberty (1953, 18 min.) -- Human reproduction (1947, 21 min.). As boys grow: A track and field coach takes time after practice to explain to the team all about the birds & the bees. Discussed are the various types and speeds of male development, noctural emissions, masturbation and sex. Molly grows up: When Molly has her first period Mom's there to explain everything. Even still, the school nurse explains the details to Molly and the rest of her female classmates on such issues as the menstrual cycle and other physical manifestations of puberty. Physical aspects of puberty: Depicts Johnny and Janey during "the in-between period of adolescence." Using animated diagrams, the development of the primary (reproductive) and secondary (body hair and physical development) sex characteristics in males and females is analyzed. Human reproduction: Released in 1947, this grandaddy of all American sex education films launched a major controversy throughout America upon its release over the legitamacy of sex education in schools. The film concentrates on presenting detailed information and illustrations of human sexual reproductive physiology. DVD 2635

Sex Hygiene Scare Films
Presents short films on sexual hygiene that were shown to high school teenagers from the 1930s to the 1960s. Includes informational films on the human reproductive system, the values of chastity and the venereal diseases, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Volume 1: Forbidden desire (1936) -- Know for sure (1939) -- Human reproduction (1947) -- Sex hygeine [i.e. hygiene] (1942) -- A Quarter million teenagers (1965) and VD- damaged goods (1962). 105 min. Video/C 6073
Volume 2: VD: name your contacts (1968, 21 min.) -- Sex in today's world (1968, 28 min.) -- The Pick-up / U.S. Army Signal Corps (1944, 37 min.) -- Boy to man (1962, 16 min.) -- Girl to woman (1965, 18 min.) Video/C 6074
Volume 3: VD: every 30 seconds (1970?, 12 min.) -- This monster VD -- Going steady (1951, 11 min.) -- VD questions, VD answers (1972, 15 min.) -- Personal health for girls (1952, 10 min.) -- Family living and sex education -- The strange ones (10 min.) Video/C 6075

Teen Age Dating Films, 1946-1958. Volume One.
Contents: Beginning to date (1953, 11 min.) -- Dating: Do's and don'ts (1949, 12 min.) -- Going steady? (1951, 11 min.) -- How do you know it's love? (1950, 13 min.) -- What to do on a date (1950, 11 min.).

Beginning to date: Studs Terkel plays a swimming coach who teaches a young student how to "take the plunge" into the world of dating. Dating: Do's and don'ts: Aimed at high school students, shows the progress of a young couple's date from the original idea to the final goodnight. Raises questions regarding dating, such as whom to ask, how to ask, and how to say goodnight. Going steady: Marie and Jeff, a teenage couple, discuss the challenges and benefits of going steady with their parents and friends. The film insinuates that the practice limits teen freedom and encourages promiscuity. How do you know it's love? Attempts to give young people a basis for thinking clearly about "being in love." The film explains that there are factors that can help one judge whether or not love is mature, and shows that love grows through typical stages. What to do on a date: Takes us from weenie roasts to bicycle rides examining the practical aspects of developing a dating relationship. DVD 2636

Dating Do's and Don'ts
Prelinger Archives

Teen Age Dating Films, 1946-1958. Volume Two.
Contents: How much affection? (1958, 20 min.) -- How to say no: Moral maturity (1951, 11 min.) -- Junior prom (1946, 20 min.).

How much affection? A discussion on how much affection should be expressed between young peoople who are going steady, how far they can go petting and still stay within the bounds of social mores and personal standards. How to say no: Moral maturity: High school students suggest ways of saying "no" without antagonizing friends. On saying "no" to drinking, smoking and petting ... and still keeping face in front of friends at the same time. Junior prom: Through the experiences of two high school couples who have a date for the junior prom, gives pointers on the selection of proper dress, carrying on a conversation, making introductions, and general date conduct. DVD 2637

Teenage Years: Act Your Age!
Ten educational films, produced in the 1940s and 1950s, designed to help teenagers ease into peacetime prosperity after enduring the social disruptions of World War II. With changing times came increased new social problems and teens no longer knew their place in the world! Contents: How do you do? / Young America Films (1946, 14 min.) -- Law and social controls / Coronet Instructional Films (1949, 10 min.) -- Friendship begins at home / Coronet Instructional Films (1949, 16 min.) -- How to keep a job / Coronet Instructional Films (1949, 12 min.) -- Social courtesy / Coronet Instructional Films (1951, 11 min.) -- The procrastinator / Centron Productions (1952, 12 min.) -- Gossip / Sid Davis Productions (1953, 10 min.) -- Mind your manners / Coronet Instructional Films (1953, 11 min.) -- Understanding others / Centron Corporation (1953, 12 min.) -- Coffee house rendezvous / Ted Steeg Productions; Coffee Institute (1969, 27 min.) DVD 4544

Teenage Years: Drawing the Line.
Five films depicting the complex lives of teenagers living in the 1950s, as American parents were trying to come to terms with their teenaged children's defiant attitudes. See one of the earliest teenage educational films ever made "You and your family" (1946) about the problems faced by American families. Contents: You and your family / Cowles Magazines (1946, 8 min.) -- Attitudes and health / Coronet Instructional Films (1949, 10 min.) -- You and your parents / Coronet Instructional Films (1950, 13 min.) -- Girls beware / Sid Davis Productions (1961, 10 min.) -- Age 13 / Sid Davis Productions (28 min.) DVD 4543

Teenage Years: Growing Pains.
Seven films from the 1940s through the early 1960s, created by educators and parents to help their youth prepare for the big bad world. Each provides a unique perspective on problems as old as time, and how people dealt with them more than 50 years ago. Contents: Act your age / Coronet Instructional Films (1949, 13 min.) -- Last date / Wilding Picture Productions (1949, 18 min.) -- Benefits of looking ahead / Coronet Instructional Films (1950, 11 min.) -- Age of turmoil / Crawley Films, Ltd. (1953, 19 min.) -- Are you popular? / Coronet Instructional Films (1947, 10 min.) -- An American girl: problems of prejudice / Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (1958, 30 min.) -- The dropout / Affiliated Film Producers ; National Education Association and Mental Health Film Board (1962, 28 min.) DVD 4549

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Teenage Years: Love Connections.
To pet or not to pet? That is the question! Presents five health class films on dating from the 1940s and 50s designed to help teens cope with raging hormones and dating temptations, attempting to convice them not to "go too far." Contents: Shy guy / Coronet Instructional Films (1947, 14 min.) -- What to do on a date / Coronet Instructional Films (1950, 11 min.) -- Going steady? / Coronet Instructional Films (1951, 11 min.) -- Beginning to date / Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. (1953, 11 min.) -- How much affection? / Crawley Films (1958, 20 min.) DVD 5150

Teenage Years: Teenage Wasteland.
Drugs and alcohol are not just the dangers of today's youth. So parents of the 1950s and educators came together to make a series of educational films urging teenagers to stay away from demon rum and wacky weed! Contents: The terrible truth / Sid Davis Productions (1951, 10 min.) -- What about drinking? / Centron Productions (1954, 12 min.) -- Social seminar: Bunny / National Institute of Mental Health (1971, 16 min) -- Social seminar: Tom / National Institute of Mental Health (1972, 19 min.) -- [3] Alcohol trigger films for Junior High: The Party, The Mother and The Bride / AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety ; Amram Nowak Associates (1979, 9 min.) DVD 4548

Teenage Years: The Wild Ones.
In the 1950s, government and school systems were beginning to understand the educational power of film. Alarmed by the growing problem of juvenile delinquency, they assembled a series of films designed to keep America's youth on the straight and narrow. Presented here are 4 films showing the kinds of behavior that worried parents in the 1950s. Contents: Show-off / Centron Productions (1954, 12 min.) -- Boy with a knife / Los Angeles Community Chest ; Dudley Pictures Corp.; narrator, Richard Widmark ; actor, Chuck Connors (1956, 20 min.) -- Big man on campus / Sid Davis Productions (1958, 10 min.) -- Ask me, don't tell me / American Friends Service Committee (1961, 22 min.) DVD 4542

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part One.
Contents: Act your age (1949, 13 min.) -- Age of turmoil (1953, 19 min.) -- Are you popular? (1947, 10 min.) -- As others see us (1953, 10 min.) -- Benefits of looking ahead (1950, 10 min.).

Act your age: Jim is an emotionally immature teen who discovers how to quantify, qualify, evaluate and control his juvenile responses from the lectures of both his school's principal and janitor. Age of turmoil: Intended for the parents of teenagers, the film illustrates behavior that reflects the emotional turmoil of an early teenager -- giggling, destructive criticism of school, unrealistic ideas of their future, hours spent in seemingly useless activity, etc. Narrated by Lorne Greene. Are you popular? Classic "good girl/bad girl" film of the post-World War II era covering dating etiquette, parental courtesy and the American teen's obsession with "popularity.". As others see us: Teenagers demonstrate rules of teen etiquette in formal and informal gatherings, including table manners, introductions and more. Benefits of looking ahead: Nick's having problems planning for his future, but after scaring himself with visions of drifting around as a bum, he makes amends by planning constructive future objectives. DVD 2638

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Two.
Contents: Cheating (1952, 11 min.) -- Control your emotions (1950, 13 min.) -- Developing self-reliance (1946, 20 min.) -- Emotional maturity (1957, 20 min.) -- Habit patterns (1954, 14 min.)

Cheating: John gets Mary into trouble when he bamboozles her into giving him the answers to an Algebra test. Control your emotions: Indicates some of the dangers of uncontroled emotions and how emotional self control brings about self-mastery, most especially for teens. Developing self-reliance: Presents an education in bringing about the traits of self-reliance that secure success and happiness in one's endeavors. Emotional maturity: Dramatized incidents are used to explain a high school boy's immature behavior and what can go wrong without emotional self-control. Also illustrates the importance for adults to understand the increasing emotional tempo of adolescence in order to help young people mature. Habit patterns: Barbara wants in with the "in crowd," but her slovenly ways nixes her. Illustrates the advantages of the formation of orderly and systematic daily habits, by contrasting the life of a girl who has formed these habits with the unhappy existence of one who has not. DVD 2639

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Three.
Contents: How honest are you? (1950, 13 min.) -- How to be well groomed (1949, 10 min.) -- How to keep a job (1949, 10 min.) -- How to say no: Moral maturity (1951, 11 min.) -- Junior prom (1946, 20 min.) -- Law and social controls (1949, 10 min.).

How honest are you? Explains what honesty is, and shows the importance of the practice of honesty through a dramatization where teens are placed in a situation in which all involved have to come up with the "right thing to do.". How to be well groomed: Brother and sister team Don and Sue show the importance of good grooming and give detailed examples of choosing correct clothing and habits of personal cleanliness. How to keep a job: Teenage identical twins Bob and Walter take on "do" and don't" roles respectively to illustrate what one should, and should not, do in the workplace. How to say no: Moral maturity: High school students suggest ways of saying "no," without antagonizing friends. On saying "no" to drinking, smoking and petting ... and still keeping face in front of friends at the same time. Junior prom: Through the experiences of two high school couples who have a date for the junior prom, gives pointers on the selection of proper dress, carrying on a conversation, making introductions, and general date conduct. Law and social controls: Illustrates, through the conflicts of teenagers with authority figures, various types of social control: customs, moral codes and laws, and stresses the need for a responsible attitude towards the law. DVD 2640

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Four.
Contents: Measure of a man (1962, 22 min.) -- Mental health: keeping mentally fit (1952, 12 min.) -- Overcoming fear (1950, 12 min.) -- Responsibility (1953, 14 min.) -- Self-conscious guy (1951, 11 min.).

Measure of a man: This film measures maturity by one teenager's will to resist peer pressure by "just saying no" to demon beer. Mental health: keeping metally fit: Describes the attributes of good mental health and the "four freedoms" of the psyche: the natural expression of emotions, self respect, respect for others and the solving of problems. Overcoming fear: How Bill overcomes his fear of water becomes an example for all teens on how to conquer their fears. Defines courage as an attitude which can be developed and cowardice as a response to only one specific type of situation. Responsibility: Presents a lesson on instilling a sense of personal responsibility into the behaviour of individual students. Self-conscious guy: Marty tries to find ways to overcome his feelings of self-consciousness. Shows how self-conscious behavior can keep a high school student from doing well in class or making friends easily. DVD 2641

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Five.
Contents: Shy guy (1947, 13 min.) -- Snap out of it: Emotional balance (1951, 12 min.) -- The dropout (1962, Pt. 1-2, 28 min) -- The procrastinator (1952, 12 min.) -- The show-off (1954, 11 min.).

Shy guy: Actor Dick York demonstrates how to make and enjoy real friendships. Presents the story of a shy high school boy, who eventually makes friends by following the guidance of his father and classmates. Snap out of it: Emotional balance: A straight-A student gets more than a little unhinged when he fails to get an A in History class, and the principal helps to get him emotionally straightned out again. Dropout: Presents several case studies in what causes a high school student to drop out, analyzing such causes as academic failure, finances, misanthropy, etc. Procrastinator: Jean lets her fellow students down when as chair of the social committee her failure to use time management results in disaster at the school dance. Show-off: The antics of more than one class clown make for hijinks throughout the high school, and the principal has to intervene to help their fellow students and solve the problem. DVD 2642

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Six.
Contents: The snob (1958, 13 min.) -- The trouble maker (aka: The troublemaker) (1959, 12 min.) -- Toward emotional maturity (1954, 10 min.) -- Understand your emotions (aka: Understanding your emotions) (1950, 13 min.) -- Understanding others (1959, 12 min.) -- Understanding your ideals (1950, 14 min.).

Snob: Why are some girls snobs? This film seeks to answer the question and to illustrate the effects such snobbery has on the perpetrator and those around them. Trouble maker: A boy goes sour on life and seizes on the device of informing about others in order to gain attention. Shows the interaction between the troublemaker and his peer group. Toward emotional maturity: A teenage girl takes stock of her emotional life as she deals with love, anger, fear and sex all at once when a conflict arises involving herself, her parents and her boyfriend. Understand your emotions: Mr. Brent the Biology teacher teaches how emotions effect voluntary and involuntary behavior and how these emotions can be controlled through an understanding of what they are. Understanding others: Presents a typical incident in a high school from three points of view in order to illustrate the importance of judging another person for his true value, ability and net worth, rather than by his economic background, social skills, and ability to be one of the group. Understand your ideals: Dad's example demonstrates to his teenage son that true idealism consists of virtue and not cars, girls and good times. DVD 2643

Teenagers! Classic Social Guidance Films. Part Seven.
Contents: What about juvenile delinquency? (1955, 11 min.) -- What about school spirit? (1958, 14 min.) -- You and your family (1946, 7 min.) -- You and your parents (1950, 13 min.) -- Your family (1948, 10 min.) -- Your thrift habits (1948, 11 min.).

What about juvenile delinquency? After Jimmy's gang attacks Dad, he goes to City Hall to help fight for the institution of a curfew to contain the hoodlums. What about school spirit? What school spirit is and does, and isn't and doesn't, for school kids. You and your family: A training film for youngsters to learn how to negotiate rather than fight with their parents. You and your parents: When Dick gets fed up with his parents, he goes home with Mr. Martin, who counsels him to accept his parents guidance and control along with acknowledgment of his growing maturity. Your family: One of the original "family values" pictures which illustrates social engagement in a family, group involvement in household chores, dinner table prayer and familial accord. Your thrift habits: Jack's interested in photography, but how is he to invest in this interest with his limited funds? This film shows how he sets himself a budget and practices self sacrifice in order to obtain the object of his highest priority. DVD 2644

Vintage Adolescent Psychology Films.
DVD 9734

Disc 1: Age 13 (1955, 27 min.) -- Age of tumoil (1953, 19 min.) -- Discipline during adolescence (1958, 17 min.) -- Boy with a knife (1956, 20 min.) -- Cheating (1952, 12 min.) Age 13: This is a beautiful, dark film by Sid Davis that shows the downward spiral of a young 13 year old boy after the death of his mother. Age of turmoil: Aimed perhaps more at parents than teenagers, this films shows what six different teens do during their day while explaining the how and why of their actions in regards to their changing adolescent world. Discipline during adolescence: Showing multiple ways to parent, this film follows a father's choice of punishment for a rebellious son and also a mother's choice. In the end, neither options seem to work very well. Which way would you choose? Boy with a knife: A young boy with a troubled home life uses a knife to gain control over his environment and the people around him. Chuck Connors, as a social worker, helps him find and understand the better path. Narrated by Richard Widmark. Cheating: John Taylor is caught cheating when he struggle with his math studies and gets "extra" help from his friend Mary. His classmates verbally abuse him as he learns the consequences of cheating are harsh in this classic film.

Disc 2: Am I trustworthy (1950, 11 min.) -- Understanding your ideals (1950, 14 min.) -- Are you popular (1947, 10 min.) -- What about prejudice (1950, 12 min.) -- A chance to play (1950, 19 min.) Am I trustworthy: Young Johnny, who feels left out because he wasn't elected treasurer, learns an important lesson about being trustworthy. Understanding your ideals: In this film a young man learns that to be healthy one must understand the difference between the important things in life, like family, love and kindness and the unimportant things, like cars, popularity and superficiality. Are you popular: One of the most well known of all of the social guidance films, Are You Popular, covers everything a young adult needs to know to be a good friend, or more importantly to be popular. Full of stereotypes while trying to explain why conformity is great. What about prejudice?: A positive film looking toward the social benefits of keeping an open mind and embracing all cultures, regardless of color, religion or creed. This film encourages teens to look within themselves, as opposed to listening to the racist teachings of society, to find the sources and reasons behind prejudice. A chance to play: Recreation opportunities, especially in the form of good public recreational facilities, are a vital part of maintaining a healthy society, according to this 1950 film. Giving juvenile delinquents a place to spend their time safely and constructively is a big part of that.

Disc 3: Measure of a man (1962, 22 min.) -- Where does it get you (1946, 16 min.) -- How to say no: Moral maturity (1951, 11 min.) -- Social acceptability (1957, 19 min.) Measure of a man: Three boys face peer pressure to drink while cruising the town trying to pick up girls. One of the young men stands up for what he believes in and leaves his friends, along with their drinking and driving ways. Measure of a Man shows that alcohol abuse and addiction require the ability to make some extremely hard decisions in order to get better. Where does it get you? Shows the effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism on the human body with great descriptions of how the drug alters judgment, perception, and reaction times. How to say no: Moral maturity: High school students suggest ways of saying "no" without antagonizing friends. On saying "no" to drinking, smoking and petting ... and still keeping face in front of friends at the same time. Social acceptability: This is a heart wrenching film about fitting in socially, how painful social experiences can be as an adolescent, and all the different false stereotypes that are given to teens by their peer group.

Vintage Troubled Youth Psychology Films.
DVD 9714

Part I: The bully / produced by Young America Films (1952, 11 min.) -- The dropout / Mental Health Film Board ; made by Affiliated Film Producers (1962, 28 min.) -- The good loser / Young America Films (1953, 11 min.) The bully: A young and confused adolescent thinks that taking things by force and extortion is the right way to get what he wants. His peers find a way to foil his bully ways and the aggressive young man learns a little something about life and how to treat people. The dropout: A dramatization about a youngster who leaves high school without graduating is used to show how a community, through remedial reading programs, work-experience programs, and other educational activities may tackle the problem of underachievement. Most of the situations still seem realistic, even 40 years later. This film was shot in Los Angeles. The good loser: When you're used to winning everything, it comes as a shock to the system when someone else beats you! Young Ray learns this lesson when he is defeated by a girl, after he helped her prepare for the competition.

Part II: The gossip / Sid Davis Productions (1953, 11 min.) -- The outsider / Young America Films (1951, 12 min.) -- The procrastinator / Centron Productions (1952, 12 min.) The gossip: A young woman rejects the advances of a male classmate on a weekend date. The next day at school, the young man spreads false rumors about "what happened" on the date, and the young woman is victimized and terrorized by fellow classmates until she has to drop out of school. The outsider: Sometimes we only feel like an outsider when we aren't. Sometimes we are an outsider but could change our social behaviors to become less of an outsider and gain more acceptance by our peers. Follow the journey of one young woman as she discovers these truths of painful adolescent emotional reality. The procrastinator: Jean is handed a lot of responsibility in her extra-curricular activities at school, but when she fails to plan ahead and manage her time wisely, she can't pull off what she was supposed to and her friends get mighty upset with her. She learns a valuable lesson in time management and procrastination in this film.

Part III: The show off / Centron Productions (1954, 11 min.) -- The snob / (1958, 14 min.) -- The Troublemakers (1959, 12 min.) The show off: The pranksters and show-offs in this classroom have taken over, and no one is stopping them. Poor behavior like this reflects on the entire class, and the class clown is silenced with the right methods of social guidance. The snob: One of the girls at this high school is branded by practically everyone (even her parents?) as a "snob" who thinks she is too good for everybody. This film shows that she wasn't being snobbish, but rather, the social interactions between her and others are just a little off-kilter. The troublemakers: Some people just feel the need to start trouble, make up rumors and talk smack about others in order to get ahead or make themselves look or feel better. This film examines just why and how the process takes place in the mind of a troubled teen.

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