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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 did not like this film.
22 December 2007 | by JustinJHymanSee all my reviews

I gave this film, what I consider, the liberal rating of 5 because of how hard it must be for the girls in the film to live the life they are leading.I don't know if this is the directors first film or how long they took making it but although, the subject matter is intense and worthy, under the poor direction it becomes nothing but a meandering piece of shoddy camera work, poor recording and terrible soundtrack choices. The film maker failed to capture any real understanding of what it must be like live without your mom and instead makes the girls seem more like characters rather than actual children. It should be noted that I am not referring to any of the interviews shot by the girls themselves. These were actually quite poignant and touching. In fact, the only time the film failed to seem contrived was when the girls themselves were in charge. Even so, the way these interviews were edited into the film felt like farce. This movie seems to me more of a celebration of the female spirit instead of a true look into these girls lives. Clearly lacking is why any of these mothers are incarcerated. This question, along with many other unanswered, would help to make this more of a real documentary. There needs to be a time when you step back from your own personal opinion, cut the rolling scenes of giggling school girls and decide if you are going to make a documentary or an op-ed piece. I would like to see this same subject matter covered by a film maker who has, at least, some talent in the art of objectivity. This is, of course, my opinion and if the filmmaker can not handle it then she will (again) have my review taken down.

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