In 1999 director Kirby Dick (Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist) began a documentary project at the ethnically diverse John Marshall High School just east of Hollywood, in which individual students were given video cameras and asked to record their lives for a week without any restrictions. By the end of the school year Dick had amassed over 700 hours of footage by more than 500 students, and working with editor Matt Clarke he created five-minute segments for 16 of the participants. The result is a vibrant and colorful mosaic (2001) of urban teens trying to make sense of a puzzling and demanding world; their thoughts on parents, politics, conformity, and above all sexuality are so fresh and engrossing that they demand to be heard. 90 min.
By Ted Shen