US take on the classic UK documentary series "Up". This first US entry follows a group of economically, racially and socially diverse 7-year-olds. The idea was to make followup films on them every 7 years but the project ended in 2006.

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An adaption of the British TV series, this documentary chronicles the lives of a group of economically, racially & socially diverse 7-year olds living throughout America in 1990. The filmmakers will return every seven years to chronicle the children's growth. Written by Greg <ThundrGod1@aol.com>

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Excellent documentary capable of capturing the hearts of a college class
10 December 2002 | by (Jersey shore, USA) – See all my reviews

After the success of the British documentary series that followed a group of children at 7 years old, 14 years old, 21 years old, and 35 years old, PBS took a look at 16 7-year old American children in 1991.

The compelling documentary looked at children from very different social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, with varying beliefs and values. These were beautiful children, completely innocent, insightful, and bright. Each child bought something different to the mix, and represented an age group of innocence and fun.

We watched this documentary for an in-class essay in my Argument and Persuasion class (GSS 2121-3) at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey today. My class was not only compelled by it, we laughed and were moved to "Awwws" from some of the commentary. The kids were so adorable and innocent, and reminded us of our childhood, as many of us grew up in the same age group in the early 90s. My teacher wanted us to understand life from several extremes in the United States and see it through the most innocent eyes of all--a 7-year old child.

I can easily relate to this film. I turned 9 in October 1991, so I was in a similar age group to the one depicted. I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood and town (I still live here while I go to school) in a family that does well. I attended a 99% white high school, and now attend a diverse state college (RSCNJ, see above). These kids were compelling, and my class REALLY enjoyed it.

Next week, on our last day of class, we are going to follow up with "14-Up in America," and we are THRILLED! I'm looking forward to seeing thse kids 7 years later, and you can bet that I'll see "21-Up in America." If you ever see this documentary, whether its in an educational setting or at home (not sure of its availability), you will certainly enjoy it.


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