This is a story of teenage girls living in Toronto's inner core, raised in shelters and housing projects. These girls feel so isolated and disconnected that joining a clique or gang becomes the only way to belong. For them violence is empowerment.
What price do teenagers pay to be cool, hip and popular in a sexually charged social world? Whether it's posting sexy photos and raunchy video on the net, ass-grabbing in the school hallway or spreading explicit gossip that shatters high school lives, harassment is commonplace, even acceptable.
Spent 10 months following 3 young Canadian men's lives, from their criminal exploits and encounters with the justice system to their relationships with family, friends, and each other. The stories that unfold are of struggle: to succeed when poverty, lack of education and opportunity pull you down; to escape from the only life you've known; and to make positive choices in the face of anger and aimlessness.
Ashley Smith was a troubled 19-year-old when she choked herself to death at Ontario's Grand Valley Institution for Women. Her death made national headlines and led to a scathing report by Canada's federal prison ombudsman. Incarceration for Ashley began at a youth detention centre in New Brunswick. Her crime: she had tossed crabapples at a mailman. Her one-month sentence stretched to almost four years, served in five provinces.
This is a film about children who thought they were "crazy". Who wanted to die. Who felt fear, anger and hopelessness. Four young people living with mental illness and their loved ones make the courageous decision to open up about their stories. Their voices are complemented by that of the dircetor, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an adult and powerfully evokes the initial symptoms, which emerged in her childhood.
Sheds light on the causes, symptoms, community resources, and treatments of three of the most commonly-diagnosed behaviour disorders: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder.