2005 YALSA Selected Videos & DVDs for Young Adults


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2005 annual selected list of best DVDs and videos for young adults.    The list was released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston on January 18, 2005.    The 13 member committee solicited video submissions from film producers and distributors around the country.   The few entries that were received were viewed by committee members and teen groups and 24 titles (of varying lengths) were nominated.


The annual DVD/Video list recognizes productions for technical merit, content, and use with and interest to young adults ages 12-18.    Selections are chosen for the list using a round table discussion followed by a simple majority vote.   After a weekend of friendly yet passionate debate, the list was narrowed to six titles that the committee considerable notable.


Girl Wrestler

58 minutes, Women Make Movies.    $89 plus s/h (price for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community organizations)



In My Own Skin: the complexity of living as an Arab American

Arab Film Distribution.    $95 ($45 to public libraries and other non-profits)      



Let’s Get Real.

35 minutes, The Respect for All Project/Women’s Educational Media.    $249 ($99 for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community groups).




26 minutes.    The Video Project. $89.95



Wet Dreams & False Images

11 minutes, New Day Films.    $149 ($99 for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community groups)



What’s Going On (ten-part series)

28 minutes each, Zenger Media. $285 (set); $29.95 individual titles




Members of the 2005 committee that participated in the selection process were:    Chair, Shauna Yusko, Redmond, WA; Ashley Flaherty, Columbus, OH; Jeanette Larson, Austin, TX; Marc Laslow, Dover, DE; Cathy Lichtman, Plymouth, MI; Cathy Lu, Los Angeles, CA; Micheline Ringrose, North Bay, Ontario; John Sigwald, Plainview, TX, Shawn Thrasher, Pasadena, CA; Jeri Triano, Pine Beach, NJ; Amnah Darwish, San Diego, CA; Consultant, Sue Ellen Beauregard, Chicago, IL.