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Young Enough to Know


Young Enough to Know

 

Stories of teens speaking up and being heard

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Young Enough to Know


Young Enough to Know

 

Stories of teens speaking up and being heard

 

Introduction

Young Enough to Know is a collection of short documentaries about teenagers, created by the 2017 BridgeUp: Film Scholars. The purpose of the collection is to provide a platform to share stories of transition, growth and coming of age.  

 
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Audrey


Survivor

Audrey


Survivor

Audrey's Story

As one of the many teenage girls who has experienced sexual assault, Audrey offers an honest narrative of how she coped with what she perceived as a lack of support from high school officials. Audrey was assaulted in a gym class her freshman year. She immediately spoke up about what happened, but felt that her school failed to support her or hold her assaulter accountable. Audrey eventually transferred to another school in her district. She has worked hard to overcome what happened to her, finding positive emotional outlets in self defense class and in playing the cello. Audrey extends advice to her peers who may be going through the same things.

 

DIRECTED/PRODUCED BY: Lily Shannon-sutter, Claire Brock Mansell, Isabel Torrence

Video Coach: Olivia Merrion

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Terri


"Just a Phase"

Terri


"Just a Phase"

Terri's Story

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you questioned your identity? Terry McFadden, a 17-year-old transgender student from Oakland Technical High School, “came out” about a year ago. He opens up about the lack of belonging he experienced as a girl and his journey toward being recognized as a boy. His life as a transgender teen has been filled with many struggles, but he is grateful to have full support from his girlfriend Mikaila Mason, who is also a student at Oakland Technical High School.

 

Directed/Produced by Vanessa Melgar and Natalie Barr

Video Coach: Debora Silva

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Vanessa


El Sueño Americano

Vanessa


El Sueño Americano

Vanesa's Story

Many immigrants come to United States searching for a better future. Vanesa Soto Lopez is one of them. The 18-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico came to the U.S. three years ago with her family. Vanesa's transition to life in her new home was difficult, but she has overcome many challenges, and hopes to make her parents proud. She works hard to counter the negative stereotypes portrayed about Mexicans, often fueled by President Donald Trump, such as the idea that immigrants come to U.S to steal jobs and cause harm. Vanesa studies hard to do her best in school, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Oakland International High School. She plans on attending a four-year college after graduation.

 

Directed/Produced by: Erika Mejia, Serina Grinage

Video Coach: Emily Harger

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Meet the Filmmakers


Meet The Filmmakers

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Meet the Filmmakers


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