A film Exploring the Foster Care System
Opens in DC August 30, 2013
Growing up in the “system” makes one typically reluctant to share their stories, as it often requires reliving a life better left buried. However, when someone does have the courage to expose the realities of what it means to be a part of this kind of life, my antennas go up and I consider myself a harsh critic. I haven’t seen this film yet, but from the reviews, it seems promising. Based on the writer/director Destin Cretton’s experiences working in a group home, the film screened at Sundance in 2008 and tagged itself as “A film about kids and the grown-ups who hit them.”
Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) as Grace and Mason, a young couple working together in a juvenile care home. Grace is tasked with guiding the troubled youngsters, many of whom come from backgrounds where they have been abused or neglected, through the trials of growing up, but finds herself unable to be as open about her own feelings as she encourages them to be.
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