Monday, January 26, 2009

The Education of Shelby Knox (2005) NR - 3 Stars

Though the documentary is a little slow in getting her point across, I must say I admire the courage of this young teenage girl, from an very religious Christian family, to become a political activist in an effort to bring sex education classes to high schools. Though her parents try to stand behind her having her own opinions, they do not want her to stray away from the strong religious values she was brought up with. I like the fact that as Shelby becomes more involved with meeting people of different sexual orientation, she opens herself up to gay rights and begins to question her strict religious beliefs.

Shelby Knox is a teenage girl growing up in Lubbock, Texas. She has taken a vow of abstaining from sex till marriage. However, Lubbock Texas has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and Shelby tries to make light of why that is. There is no sexual education on the high school as most of the town believes that should be something the parents are responsible for. But when pregnant girls fill the class rooms are pretty much go unnoticed, she decides to do something to change it.

2005 - The Education of Shelby Knox - Sundance Film Festival - American Excellence in Cinematography Award (Documentary)

Directors: Rose Rosenblatt, Tiffany Shlain, Marion Lipschutz
Producers: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt
I viewed 1/09

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