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Includes a study guide.
National Film Board of Canada, 1991. 24.5 minutes, VHS, $26.95 (plus GST & PST).
Distributed by NFB Education.
D-5, P.O. Box 6100, Station A, Montréal, Québec H3C 3H5.
Also available in 16mm format, $178.11 (plus GST & PST).

Subject Headings:
Sexuality and Reproduction.

Grades 10-12 / Ages 15-17

Reviewed by C.L. Ross.

Volume 19 Number 3
1991 May

When I realized that this was yet another film on teenage pregnancy, I thought "Ho-hum." I was, however, pleasantly surprised at its approach and style. The video covers the span of time between when Kristin and Jason begin to suspect that she may be pregnant and the moment their suspicions are confirmed. Through a well-acted dramatization we are carried along with their disbelief, surprise, anger and fear.

The quality of the tape - both the sound track and the visuals - is good. The acting is believable and the dialogue appropriate for its intended junior/senior high audience.

I felt, however, that the ways in which the various options open to these kids were presented left something to be desired. In my opinion, not enough of the possible alternatives were outlined, and the ones mentioned were given superficial treatment. For example, the subject of giving the baby up for adoption is dismissed in one sentence, and nowhere in the video are the pros and cons of keeping the baby discussed at all.

I recognize that it was not the intention of the producer to make the definitive documentary on teenage pregnancy. I feel that she could have done a much more balanced presentation and still have been faithful to her style and format.

The excellent study guide will be of immense help in dealing with anything lacking in the video itself. I can see many different uses for this presentation; I would suggest, though, that it would be used most effectively as a discussion starter.


C.L. Ross, Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna, BC.
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