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Girls Like Us
1997, 57 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99554
An ethnically diverse group of four working class girls strut, flirt, and testify in this vibrant, affecting portrait of teenage girls' experiences of sexuality. Filmed in South Philadelphia and following its subjects from the ages of 14 to 18, GIRLS LIKE US reveals the conflicts of growing up female by examining the impact of class, sexism, and violence on the dreams and expectations of young girls.

Intimate interviews and candid footage introduce Anna, whose need for freedom in a new culture conflicts with her parents' strictness; De'Yona, who dreams of a singing career while coping with family tragedy; Raelene, who confronts violence and issues of self-esteem as a teenage mother; and Lisa, who faces the differences between the feminine roles of her Catholic upbringing and her own wishes. In documenting the friendships, challenges, and triumphs of these four young women, acclaimed filmmakers Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio have created something truly rare: a searingly honest, inspiring depiction of girls' experiences that provokes reaction from and dialogue between educators, parents, and young women alike.

GIRLS LIKE US was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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  • Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cultural Programming
  • Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary
  • Health Sciences Communications Association, Best of Show & Gold Award
  • National Educational Media Festival, Golden Apple Award
  • Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Plaque
  • Athens Film and Video Festival, Best Doc
  • Charlotte Film and Video Fest, Best Doc
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Award
  • IFC Stranger Than Fiction Series

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    "This extremely powerful film is unique in its depth, honesty, and seamless integration of education and audience social awareness."
    Charlene Clemens
    Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project

    "I highly recommend Girls Like Us as a refreshingly frank and honest portrayal of girls' voices and viewpoints."
    Wanda Robinson
    The Education Trust

    "Few films offer such rich human material- fewer still are timely enough to serve as ideal conversation pieces for young women facing similar decisions."
    Godfrey Cheshire

    " **** Highly recommended. Editor's choice."
    Video Librarian

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