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Good Things Can Still Happen ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526254
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1992
Running Time:  21m 44s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Good Things Can Still Happen is about feelings that may be experienced by a sexually abused child after disclosure. The main characters in the film are two children, Lucy and Kirby, who are friends. Lucy discloses to Kirby that she has been sexually abused, and the action develops from there, with a narrative voice commenting on the situation from time to time.

The film is made up of six parts centring on Lucy and Kirby's play, home and school life. Each part is separated from the next by a wash of colour on the screen, dividing the film into identifiable segments. The separations provide a place where the film can be stopped without interfering with the flow of the action. This format makes it easy to isolate specific topics for in-depth discussion.

Each of the six parts explores a basic feeling and its associated behaviours. The characters express feelings about disclosure, fear, anger, confusion, powerlessness, hope and eventual resolution. The characters' behaviour illustrates various ways that sexually abused children act out their inner emotional world. Because of the film's sensitive content, previewing before any use is strongly recommended.

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