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The Education of Shelby Knox (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 June 2005 (USA)
A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.
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Credited cast:
Yvonne Caudillo Yvonne Caudillo ... Self
Shelby Knox Shelby Knox ... Self
Rene Maquilleur ... Self (as Rene Caudillo)
Amanda Noble Amanda Noble ... Self
Ricky Waite Ricky Waite ... Self
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A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.

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Sex, Lies & Education

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Documentary

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Love Is a Game
Written & Performed by Barbara Lynn Jacobs
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Balanced and Compassionate
29 May 2005 | by mcnallySee all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2005 Hot Docs festival in Toronto. This film follows the life of 15-year-old Shelby Knox, a teen living in conservative Lubbock, Texas. Though from a conservative Christian Republican family, Shelby is a feisty and compassionate campaigner for sex education in the public school system, feeling that their "abstinence-only" policy is ignoring the obvious, including higher than average rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The film follows her over a period of three years, as she begins to question the easy answers offered by her church, her school, and her community. She works with a city-funded group, the Lubbock Youth Commission, but when local politicians force the group to tone down its activism, she quits and begins working with a group of gay teens to help them start a Gay Straight Alliance group at school. Despite the fact that Shelby herself has pledged to remain a virgin until marriage, she recognizes that not everyone in her community wants (or in the case of the gay students, is able) to make the same choice. This film is a balanced and compassionate look at one young woman's political and spiritual awakening. In light of the currently raging culture wars, it's a must-see for people on all sides of these issues.


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21 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Lubbock, Texas, USA

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