For two weeks in August, WXXI is offering free documentary screenings, followed by lively discussions, that explore youth self-esteem, cultural identity, crime, life choices, and more. On Thursday, August 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at WXXI, 280 State Street, WXXI will screen Going on 13.
Without flinching, Going on 13 enters the world of four pre-teen girls as they negotiate the precious, precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman. Four years with four girls in California’s Bay Area. Meet Esmeralda, Mexican American, first to complete her daily schoolwork, and also first in her class to have a “boyfriend” without her parents’ knowledge; Ariana, African American, who transforms from a tomboy into one of the “popular girls” as her family struggles to leave the poverty of West Oakland; Rosie, mixed race Latina, who at 9, is precocious and sunny, but grows into an alienated pre-teen who may have to repeat the 6th grade due to chronic truancy; and Isha, an immigrant from India, who despite her devotion to her traditional family, explores Internet teen chat-rooms with user names like “ghetto girl” and “cutie pie.” Using a mix of intimate interviews, cinema vérité, and stop-motion animation, Going on 13 chronicles the girls’s coming of age, and shows us a reality far more complex than what we are used to seeing in the media about pre-teen girls and urban girls of color.
All screenings are free and open to the public, but will require an RSVP. To RSVP, or for any questions or comments, please contact Shelley Figueroa by phone at (585) 258-0278 or by email at sfig...@wxxi.org.