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3 Girls I Know: Intimate Stories About Young Women, Teen Sexuality, Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS

2004
Distributed by No Excuses Productions, 190 Route 17M PO Box 1084, Harriman, NY 10926; 800-343-5540
Produced by Paula Mozen
Director by Paula Mozen
DVD, color, 54 min.
Sr. High - Adult
Gender Studies, Parenting, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's Studies


Reviewed by LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
 
Date Entered: 4/20/2005

These are the reel stories of three young women Maggie, Ari, and Tishaun, three ethnically diverse teenagers from Montana, San Francisco, and Baltimore whose lives are abruptly changed by the impact of their sexual decisions. The issues they're facing are relevant to every young woman's coming of age. This is honesty, coupled with a personal look inside each of these young girls. And it is this quality that makes this film so harsh, yet heart-warming. The resilience they exhibit through adversity is strong. You can’t help but wonder what accomplishments they would have succeeded in had they not made their respective decisions to take their sexuality to the next level. Film producer Paula Mozen lived in all three areas where the subjects reside and said she found the women by meeting and hanging out with groups of teenagers. "I was looking for articulate girls, who had stories to tell, and looked good on camera," Mozen said. "These girls are not Hollywood, but they are all beautiful girls, who people will want to watch." The three young women candidly share their experiences and the strength of the film is the honesty of the girls. Mozen said. "I think they tell great stories, and I admire them because they have a lot of courage." This is a real life story line that addresses the challenges and realities young people face when it comes to sexual orientation, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Simply put, “this film shows how three courageous girls overcame their challenges and realities to become confident advocates of personal responsibility.”

Awards

  • 2004 People Choice, University Film & Video Association