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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 »


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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Cuba Julia Cuba


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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12 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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I recommend this film/movie to anybody who is interested in civil liberties, or to put it another way 'life in the greatest democracy on earth.'
4 December 2005 | by pennybriceSee all my reviews

I saw Troop 1500 at the Savannah Film Festival and was struck by the incredible content. This follows a group of girls whose mothers are in prison, who get access only for 4 hours every month through a program run by the girl scouts. The film makers' ability to tell the stories of the girls and their mothers, through fostering the involvement of the group in the film-making process gave an intimate and wholly empathetic viewpoint to the audience without being in anyway exploitative and voyeuristic. I spent the rest of the day feeling choked up and frankly frightened by the punitive approach taken by the American court system. I applaud the filmmakers for their unadulterated and honest approach and their exposure of this discarded subject; the wider impact of incarceration and its circle of influence, namely the effect on family and friends. Just look to the ongoing views of successive administrations in this country on mandatory minimum sentences and the total disregard for individual circumstance and quake! Civil liberties are being abused on your doorstep! Pull your head out of the sand and address this before you slip up! Look beyond the low budget camera footage and see the REALITY before it smacks you in the face.

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