DER Documentary

For Our Street Family


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by Jennifer Wolowic
color, 34 min, 2008




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Revolving around a teen drop-in center called Planet Youth, the film explores the pain of stereotypes, the importance of peer support, and the ambivalence towards identity experience by a group of First Nations teens in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Begun as a participatory photography group self-portrait, the film expands to capture the youths' difficult challenges with racism, abuse, and foster care, while exploring the teens' resilient playfulness and why they are a "street family." For Our Street Family provides the opportunity to finally listen to a group parented by bureaucracy and ignored by the public.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Ethnographic Film Unit & First Nations House of Learning, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2008
Green College "Inside Look" Documentary series, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2008
Champions for Children and Youth Summit, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2008
University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival, Canada, 2009
Canadian Anthropology Socieity Film Festival, Canada, 2009
Student Award, AAA/Society for Visual Anthropology Film, Video & Multimedia Festival, 2009
Festival of Visual Culture, Finland, 2009
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009

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