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THE WONDER YEARS?

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Today’s internet is riddled with websites dedicated to protecting parents from their childrens’ teenage years. Words like “survival”, “rebellion” and “patience” abound as tip-after-tip is spelled out for the unwitting, toddler-recollecting parents. But who’s providing a platform for the tortured teens? Coming of age does not come without heartbreak, tears and a few scars.

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Being a teenager isn't easy, especially when you're an 18-year-old gender rebel sorting out a kaleidoscope of conflicting advice and desires. Nadia Hluszko - a.k.a. Nate - comes by her confusion and transgender identity honestly: one of her moms used to be her dad; the other is addicted to the Osbornes. In “Calling Nate”, first-time documentary director Pamela Gawn chases the irrepressible Nate as she cycles through her part-time job at a used bike shop, suffers girlfriend turmoil, argues with both moms, and reveals a tragedy that changed her family forever. A poignant, sometimes achingly sweet, coming of age story.

In “East End Kids”, director Carole Laganiere, who won Best Canadian Short to Mid-Length Documentary at Hot Docs in 2002 and 2003, presents a film about children in East Montreal. In the neighbourhood where she grew up, she explores the hopes and dreams of kids faced with an uncertain future. Armed with still cameras, seven children head out to photograph their neighbourhood, interview some adults, and answer some of Laganiere's gentle probing questions about their future. As always, kids come up with the most startling and direct answers that take your breath away.

In “Blind Fox”, Adam Shafer knows there's no time to be scared of the truth. Part nastee boy diary Mississaugua-style, part coming-of-age tale, 19-year-old Schafer's raw home movie pushes home movie conventions beyond the breaking point. Armed only with his camcorder, and stuck in a grim, confusing and almost hopeless suburban wasteland, Schafer shot over 200 hours of his everyday life and cut it down into a hard-edged, rapid-fire tour through a strange, rarely seen place. Raging teenage hormones, high school gang violence, rampant drug consumption, boredom, fear, Adam's gay dad, his dying grandmother - all are woven together with Schafer's metaphoric musings on his own fate as a lost, wild fox about to be shot.

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Troubled Teens

Children Canada

Services For Families & Children

Children’s Wish Foundation

Selected Films (3)
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    Blind Fox
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2001
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    East End Kids
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2004
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    Calling Nate
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2003
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