Using Film to Address Teen Dating Violence

Film is a great way to share a story! When working with teens we can use films to help raise awareness, share information, and start conversations. Using films made by and for teens is a good way to develop rapport and raise and honor the voices of youth. Here is a collection of resources that do just that!

  • Scenarios USA. A "nonprofit organization that that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in underserved teens."

  • Reel Grrls. On this site you will find a collection of short films that address relationships, sexuality, and communication. Each film also includes a lesson plan. This organization "empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production." The Reel Grrls YouTube Channel has a collection of works, all available for free.

In Our Lending Library

Straightlaced (DVD)
Meet 50 incredibly diverse students who take us on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens. An uplifting and surprisingly funny film that accessibly demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and are also impacted by race, ethnicity, and class (from DVD jacket).

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Downtowners (DVD)
Downtowners shares the voices of young people who are homeless in Olympia, WA, as they explore issues such as sexual violence, public space, gender roles, street culture, and community perceptions. These voices inspire a connection and understanding seldom experienced by those who lack direct experience with the streets (from Downtowners web site).

Let's talk about it

Let's Talk About It | Teens Speak About Unhealthy Relationships
"Created by Alaska native teens in their Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) program this video/DVD addresses teen dating violence and shows ways to help develop positive relationships."