Beating the Streets
A National Film Board of Canada/Lorna Thomas Productions
Beating the Streets
A NFB/ LTP CO-production.
Directed by Lorna Thomas.
Exposes the poverty, racism and violence that drive kids onto
in a positive and optimistic story of survival and beating
Running Time- 48 minutes
Format- VHS NTSC (North America only)
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"Beating the streets" traces six years
in the lives of Marilyn Brighteyes, and Lance Marty, two inner-city
Aboriginal teenagers struggling to turn their lives around. And it
is the story of Joe Cloutier, the teacher and former dropout determined
to help them.
In "Beating the streets", Marilyn and Lance candidly
discuss the abuse and violence that drove them into prostitution and
drug dealing. The film also introduces Joe's innovative approach,
combining alternative education and popular theater as a way to get
young people off the streets.
The film begins in 1986, when Joe creates the Inner City Drama
Association (ICDA) for teens like Marilyn and Lance. They participate
in theater workshops led by actors like Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with
Wolves) and their plays explore important issues like substance abuse,
family violence, suicide and racism. Performances lead to discussions
with the audience in an effort to seek healthy solutions.
Then, in 1993, Lance encourages Joe to take on the immense challenge
of opening an alternative school -Inner City High- for teens at risk.
We witness a remarkable transformation in Lance and Marilyn as they
become leaders at the school.
Narrated by Tom Jackson (North of 60)
Director: Lorna Thomas
Producers: Lorna Thomas (Lorna Thomas Productions Inc.),
Jerry Krepakevich (NFB)
48 minutes. NFB Order number: C9198 025
Produced by Lorna Thomas Productions Inc., in CO-production with the
National Film Board of Canada, with the assistance of Heritage Canada,
Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, Health Canada, CBC Alberta,
Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta, Native Counseling Services
of Alberta and Alberta Community Development