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1. Girl trouble [2004]

Video
1 online resource (2 video files, approximately 131 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Stephanie is pregnant and has a warrant for running away from a group home. Shangra is torn between taking care of her mother, who is homeless and struggling with drug addiction, and taking care of herself. Sheila, whose father and siblings have been in and out of jail, risks arrest and jail time by selling and using drugs. Girl Trouble is an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of three teenagers entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, aren't just at-risk - they are in deep trouble. Trying to change their lives, the girls work part-time at the innovative Center for Young Women's Development, an organization run by young women who have faced similar challenges. As the girls confront seemingly impossible problems and pivotal decisions, the Center's 22-year-old executive director, Lateefah Simon, is often their only support and mentor. Bay Area filmmakers Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko document the girls' remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks over a four-year period - their daily struggles with poverty, violence, public defenders and homelessness - and expose a system that fails to end the cycle of incarceration.
Green Library
AMSTUD-197-01, DANCE-197-01, TAPS-197-01
Video
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Convicted felons at Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex rehearse for the Shakespearean production, The Tempest, as part of the Shakespeare Behind Bars Program. The play's underlying theme of forgiveness parallels themes of transformation and redemption in the lives of the prisoners.
Media & Microtext Center
AMSTUD-197-01, DANCE-197-01, TAPS-197-01
Video
1 videodisc (57, 74 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • PBS version Meet the girls
  • Interviews
  • Family background
  • Escalation
  • Things fall apart
  • Reflections
  • Turning it around
  • Moving forward (58 min.).
  • Theatrical version Meet the girls
  • Interviews
  • Family background
  • Escalation
  • Things fall apart
  • Reflections
  • Turning it around
  • Moving forward (74 min.)
"In the past decade, the San Francisco youth crime rate declined, the number of GIRLS in the Juvenile Justice System more than doubled. This film follows four years in the lives of three teenage girls caught up in San Francisco's Juvenile Justice System."--title screens. This documentary tells the compelling stories of Stephanie, Shangra, and Sheila, opening a window onto the juvenile justice system, exposing its failure to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and incarceration that consumes vulnerable young women. Two programs are hightlighted: The Walden House SisterKin Project and The Center for Young Women's Development's Sisters Rising internship program, for pushing the boundaries when it comes to helping girls in the system, addressing issues like sexual abuse, self-esteem, and community as part of the healing process for young women.
Media & Microtext Center
AMSTUD-197-01, DANCE-197-01, TAPS-197-01
Video
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Look into the minds and hearts of women inmates of a New York prison. Go inside a writing workshop led by Eve Ensler, where the women create works of poetry and prose which ends in the performance of their writing by critically acclaimed actors.
Media & Microtext Center
AMSTUD-197-01, DANCE-197-01, TAPS-197-01