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Troop 1500 (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 March 2005 (USA)
Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers and drug dealers, but the girls of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists. With meetings once a month at ... See full summary »

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Ellen Spiro
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Credited cast:
Darlene Grant Darlene Grant ... Herself (as Dr. Darlene Grant)
Ida Ida ... Herself
Kenya Kenya ... Herself
Melissa Melissa ... Herself
Susan Susan ... Herself
Caitlin Caitlin ... Herself
Jasmine Jasmine ... Herself
Jessica Jessica ... Herself
Mikaela Mikaela ... Herself
Naomi Naomi ... Herself
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Julia Cuba Julia Cuba
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Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers and drug dealers, but the girls of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists. With meetings once a month at Hilltop Prison in Gatesville, Texas, this innovative Girl Scout program brings daughters together with their inmate mothers, offering them a chance to rebuild their broken relationships. Intimately involved with the troop for several years, the directors (Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein) took their cameras far beyond meetings to explore the painful context of broken families. Powerful insight comes from interviews shot by the girls themselves, which reveal their conflicted feelings of anger and joy, abandonment and intimacy-as well as the deep influence their mothers still have on them. Written by Ellen Spiro

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USA

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English

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12 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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brilliant documentary!
2 December 2005 | by ajaguayoSee all my reviews

This film is a compelling exploration of the complex relationship between the mother-daughter relationship and the rearing of young women under duress. Set in the context of a unique Girl Scout troop whose mothers are in prison, the film explores the problematic phenomenon of isolated families with creative force. Spiro is a talent cinematographer who gives the girl scouts their own voice by teaching them how to use the tools of production to document their own story. Some of the most touching scenes come from the young women interviewing their mothers about the realities of prison life. Few films of this nature avoid the exploitation that might arise from documenting the troubled lives of those who get little support or recognition in society. Spiro takes great care to negotiate the fine line between representation and serving the community being documented. In addition, the striking images of prison life juxtaposed with girls at play are a powerful reminder of the film's for problematic. This film is definitely a must see.


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