Recommended - Educational Media Reviews Online | PREMIERE - Human Rights Watch Film FestivalSocial Work • Sociology • Education • Family Studies • School Counseling • Educational Equity • College Access • Developmental Psychology
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 84 minutes | Language: English with English subtitles | Captions: No | Includes: Transcript (Coming Soon) | Director: Shaun Kadlec | Producers: Shaun Kadlec & Sarah Feeley | Executive Producers: Jamie Wolf and Bill Resnick
POSSIBLE SELVES follows Alex and Mia, two teenagers in foster care, as they pursue college dreams while struggling with lives torn between biological and foster families. Alex, a foster teen in Los Angeles, navigates four years of high school as he tries to overcome the odds and get into college–at a time when only 3% of American kids who grow up in foster care receive bachelor's degrees. Along the way, Alex struggles to balance his love for his biological family with the need to assimilate into his foster family. Meanwhile, we also meet Mia during her senior year of high school. She is a foster youth who has survived severe trauma and abuse and is now with a supportive and loving foster family. While the obstacles to success that the teenagers in POSSIBLE SELVES face are extreme, their resilience paired with the love and support of caring adults may make it possible for them to become the adults they dream of being.
Educational Media Reviews Online | Giovanna Colosi, Librarian for the School of Education, Subject Instruction Lead, Syracuse University
Recommended - "According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), there are approximately 420,000 children in foster care in the United States as of 2021. Of these children only an estimated 3% graduate from college. Possible Selves follows teenagers who are placed in foster care through their high school years to see if they can reach that goal ... This film would work well for in-class viewings in courses such as social work, sociology, counseling and human services and teacher prep."
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