Wayward Girls: A Story of Survival (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues, Biography, Gender Issues  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Friends since meeting at a northern Minnesota runaway shelter in 1968, Minneapolis-based filmmaker Mickie Turk and writer/producer Rosalie Sundin draw on their harrowing, formative experiences as social castaways in the creation of their 2003 feature-length documentary Wayward Girls. Not much has changed since 1968 in the way society, as a whole, treats teenaged girls who have either run away from home or committed minor criminal offenses. As teenage boys are more likely to commit more serious crimes, they are also the ones who receive the greatest amounts of money and effort toward rehabilitation. Turk and Sundin recall the times they spent in Duluth's Carmel Heights Home for Girls, as well as interviewing a handful of troubled girls to contrast the sad similarities both sets of women experienced and continue to experience due to an underfunded and overlooked program within the cash-strapped Minnesota state bureaucracy.

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change [personal], child-abuse, courage, delinquency, family-abandonment, family-neglect, girl, hardships, juvenile-crime, runaway [from home], shelter, struggle