FOR OUR STREET FAMILY
color, 34 min, 2008
Also available on DSL and DVD
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.
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