Beating The Streets

Subject: 
Street kids
Minutes Long: 
48

This film narrated by Actor Tom Jackson, Alberta filmmaker Lorna Thomas chronicles how two Aboriginal teenagers from Edmonton turn their lives around with the help of a dedicated teacher.  Filmed over a period of six years, Thomas outlines the experiences of Lance Martin, a drug dealer at the age of 14 and Marilyn Bright eyes, a 13-year-old prostitute.  Also profiled is Joe Cloutier, a dedicated teacher who spearheads an innovative community project that includes a popular theatre program, a shelter, and high school.  The film provides insight on family violence, substance abuse, and the long-term effects of residential schools.

Produced By: 
National Film Board
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