This cinéma vérité documentary covers several months in the lives of a group of high school students in Muncie, Ind. The filmmaker focuses on Lynn, a white girl whose relationship with an African-American student has caused controversy. After a cross is burned on her lawn, Lynn responds with righteous anger rather than fear, standing up to her community’s bigotry. Meanwhile, Lynn’s peers face their own trials, including an unplanned pregnancy and alcohol abuse.
Release date: February 1985 (USA)
Directors: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
Film series: Middletown
Screenplay: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
Awards: Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize – U.S. Documentary
‘In their final year at Muncie’s Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.’ -IMdB