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Catalogue Number:  NFB522767
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  George Johnson, Svend-Erik Eriksen
Directors:  Jan Padgett
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  27:01


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Name-calling and cruel language hurt, say the teens who speak in this documentary video. Homophobic language is a common verbal put-down among young people, but many adults feel uncomfortable responding.

In Other Words speaks directly to teens and offers a valuable tool to teachers, counsellors and community youth leaders who want to explore the homophobic language heard in schools and other youth hangouts--the words themselves, their origins, how young people feel about them, and how to overcome the hurt and anger they cause.

Moving interviews with gay, lesbian and transgender teens provide first-hand accounts. Weaving together slang, music media images and dictionary definitions, the film examines how language shapes attitude. The video is designed to foster change, to ensure that schools are safe places where youth can learn in a climate of respect.


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