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The Education of Shelby Knox
2005, 74 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W09944
Winner of the Sundance Best Cinematography Award and the SXSW Audience Award, WMM is pleased to be finally releasing this fascinating and powerful documentary. Lubbock, Texas has an abstinence-only sex education policy in its schools and some of the highest teen pregnancy and STD infection rates in the nation. Shelby Knox is a devout Baptist teenager who has pledged abstinence until marriage. When her interest in politics leads her to get involved in a campaign for comprehensive sex education in her town's public schools, and then to a fight for a gay-straight alliance, she must make a choice: Stand by and let others be hurt, or go against her parents, her pastor, and her peers to do what she knows is right.

THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX is an exceptionally timely and intimate look at the cultural wars from the perspective of a young woman’s life. The support her conservative family provides is an example of how a healthy democracy could look given the time and will to listen.


Sonoma Valley Film Festival, Jury Prize
Sundance FF, Excellence in Cinematography
South by Southwest, Audience Award
Henry Hampton Award, Excel.in Film & Digital Media
Miami Gay & Lesbian FF, Jury Prize, Best Doc
Full Frame Documentary Festival, Audience Award

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    “So many young people don't know what to think about sex education and issues of sexuality…this wonderful film…allows people into the conversation and gives them a way to think and talk about these issues.”
    Barbara Abrash
    Center for Media, Culture & History, NYU

    "Shelby’s instinctive quest to defend the underdog makes for a tremendous coming-of-age story and a reminder that even in the reddest of red states there are young progressive leaders among us."
    Rhian Kohashi O’Rourke
    Center for American Progress

    “Nothing short of a wake-up call to America…Provides well-documented testimony to the need for medically accurate and comprehensive sex education”
    Gloria Feldt
    Former President of Planned Parenthood

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    The Education of Shelby Knox is included in the following Special Collections.
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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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