OVER THE EDGE
Teenagers from the documentary series ON THE EDGE (2009) are reunited five years later in OVER THE EDGE as young adults facing a turbulent world.
As mentor to the group, Fran Dobbie, a Yuin woman, has worked extensively in programs designed to help young people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to build resilience and self-esteem.
Offering the participants guidance and support, Fran takes us into their homes, talks with their families, meets their new-born children. We see their successes, joys and their fears.
Alan, Muriel and Lillian are already parents. How have their babies changed their dreams for the future? We replay what they said in 2009, and hear about their aspirations now. How are they coping? What would they say to others confronting teenage pregnancy?
One of the group has discovered what it’s like to be behind bars at a young age. What does he say now about walking on the wrong side of the law?
Others are now employed. Did Tai follow his dream of becoming a lawyer? Did Yulara’s dream to represent World Vision as an Indigenous Youth Ambassador come true?
What does it mean to them now being Aboriginal? Are they proud or has discrimination kept their culture a hidden secret? Are they owning their identity?
OVER THE EDGE is more than a sequel: it is an intensely moving story of growth and adjustment, high aspirations and profound challenges. Matched with the earlier series, the film is a stimulating discussion-starter for all ages.
The original series - ON THE EDGE - is available from Ronin on DVD - www.roninfilms.com.au/video/819/120/8081.html
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