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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.