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The Education of Shelby Knox
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Shelby Knox--a wide-eyed, precocious activist--is the star of THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX, a riveting tale of one girls mission to bring sex education to schools in her ultra-conservative hometown of Lubbock, Texas. Bursting with original characters, including an intolerant preacher crusading for abstinence, Shelbys skeptical but loving Republican parents, and Lubbocks tiny-but-vocal gay youth movement, the film richly captures an unusual coming of age story. In a town filled with religious fervor, sexual ferment, abstinence-only agitators and teenage pregnancy, Shelby struggles with her conflicting values and comes to terms with her own sexuality. In the process, she becomes an endearing and honest guide to the national moral morass. Unafraid to tackle pressing, complex questions, the film is supercharged with religion, politics, sex and the cultural warriors and ordinary people who battle over these hot-button issues. Skillfully crafted by award-winning directors Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX is "a pungent civics lesson on what can and cannot be accomplished by one plucky, idealistic girl." (The New York Times) DVD Features: Bonus Featurette; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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Founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Author of A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith.
I was very impressed with the way Shelby positioned herself in the discussion and how she went about gathering information. Evenso impressive are her parents. Although they don't always agree with their daughter, they keep on communicating with her in a very open manner. I can only hope there will be more parents that remember that talking with their kids is the only way to keep them safe.
And having worked almost 10 years as a special victims detective, I truly believe that educating kids (even at gradeschool ages) about sexuality, is the only prevention of sexual abuse that is effective.
Shelby Knox is my hero!
My problem with this film is that a lot of it comes across as staged and awkward. I don't deny Knox must have had these exchanges with her parents and the preacher, but to my eye a lot of them have been recreated for the camera. The more documentaries I watch the more I realise they are a work or art as much as a portrayal of what you're (supposed to be) seeing and this film comes across as very clunky, as though the makers came across the story late in the day and had to start over. It's definitely worth watching though.
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