Aruba. 11min. National Film Board of Canada. DVD, $129.00 www.nfb.ca A young boy tries to escape his difficult intercity surroundings through the power of his imagination.
Breaking the Silence: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Foster Youth Tell Their Stories. Approximately 30 min. National Center for Lesbian Rights. DVD. $25.00. www.nclrights.org The successes and failures of a group of former foster care youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.
Danish Poet. 15min., 1 sec. National Film Board of Canada. DVD. $129.00. www.nfb.ca Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, questions the scheme of things.
Far From Home. 40 min. Women Makes Movies. VHS and DVD, $195.00. www.wmm.com. Meet an African-American teen determined to break stereotypes while struggling with conflicting emotions during a voluntary school busing program.
Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action. 88min. Bullfrog Films. VHS and DVD. $295.00. www.bullfrogfilms.com. Tells four inspiring stories of Native American tribal activists battling to serve their land, sovereignty, and culture.
Monster. 10 min. Flickerfest, P.O. Box 7416, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia 2026. DVD. $253 (Australian), approx. $200 U.S. www.flickerfest.com.au. This Australian gem delivers its promised scare while uniquely reaffirming the fierceness of parental protection. A child’s vivid imagination sparks his fight against a hideous doll to save his mother. But the resolution to this conflict holds some surprises.
On the Outs. 83 min. Polychrome Pictures. DVD. $19.98, www.ontheouts.com. A gritty urban drama that exposes the shocking true story about three teens, who through their choices, are living on the fringes –on the outs – of society. Violence and language.
Whose Children Are These? 28 min. Filmakers Library, VHS and DVD, $295.00. www.filmakers.com. Profiles three Muslim teenagers impacted by Special Registration, a security measure implemented after 9/11, coping with life-changing realities as they face deportation proceedings and prejudices.