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"Refreshingly honest" - POV Magazine | "Wonderfully nuanced" - Globe and Mail
Girlhood Studies • Anthropology • Children, Youth & Families • Education & Educational Equity • High School • Social Work • Society and Culture
Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 80 & 58 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director & Producer: Maureen Judge
17 AND LIFE DOESN'T WAIT paints a lively, candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three teen girls. The film follows them during their senior year of high school, as they experience the impact of the outside world, their impending independence, and the conflicting expectations and often overwhelming anxiety that come with being a girl. It delves into the teens’ attitudes, actions and goals, as they dream about the future, and discover their passions and anxieties. While these smart, sassy, and tenacious young women may hail from diverse walks of life, each has the ambition to continue with her education, and meet her challenges head on, and in her own way. Shot over nine months, the film captures the girls’ laughter, struggles and victories. We watch them grapple with family, university acceptances (or rejections) and scholarships, engage in the perennial primping for senior prom; digest the devastation of the Parkland massacre; graduate, and confront issues around sexual identity, suicide and assault.