For Our Street Family

A group of First Nations teens attending a drop in center actively create a 40 person street family, complete with a family tree, as a way to create a sense of stability when dealing with the challenges of racism, abuse, and foster care.

Director: Jennifer Wolovic
Production: Charles Menzies, The Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC
Duration: 34 min
Country: Canada, 2008

http://www.der.org/films/for-our-street-family.html

Jennifer Wolowic

Jennifer received a BA in Anthropology and a BA Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2006. Her focus is on participatory documentaries with youth. She uses film as a medium to engage kids and teens in conversations about their own experiences as a way for them to communicate to their larger communities.

Jennifer is currently working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia.