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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Learn to become media literate. It's important to tell the truth. Try not to be intimidated by others. Seek out reputable sources in an arena of disinformation.
Positive Role Models
Patrícia Campos Mello is a mom, daughter of a journalist, also a reporter at the publication Folha de S. Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. Carl Juste, son of a former journalist, is a Miami Herald photographer, a 31-year veteran of the newspaper, and a dad. Joel Simon is executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which reportedly monitors and fights against press freedom abuses in 120 countries. Sáshenka Gutiérrez is a photojournalist at EFE News Agency in Mexico City. U.S.-based reporter Oliver Laughland writes for British publication The Guardian.
References and images include BIPOC and White journalists. Zoom session with reporters from geographic areas such as Asia, Central America, and India. Committee to Protect Journalists is a culturally diverse group that monitors and combats press freedom abuses in regions around the world.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include guns, rape, killing of journalists, hospitalized COVID-19 patients, disinformation about coronavirus pandemic, violent protests, physical altercations, posters about death and dying, verbal and online threats and harassment, illegal destruction of property, and allegations of abuse against women by law enforcement.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images and references include claims that a journalist engages in sex in exchange for information, and a website page shows a woman nude from the waist up.
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Swear words include "a--hole," "hell," "f--k," and "s--t." Slur words include "give her hole," "prostitute," "retards," and "whore."
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Products & Purchases
Images include smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, TV and radio audio and camera equipment, and apparel with logos and messages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images of excessive smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Endangered is an English- and Spanish-language documentary with subtitles. The film follows the year 2020 during the life of four global journalists who cover groundbreaking stories and the challenges they confront. Their assignments include the U.S. presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic. References and images include guns, killings, rape, hospitalized COVID-19 patients, violent protests, physical altercations, verbal and online harassment, illegal destruction of property, claims that a journalist engaged in sex in exchange for information, a website page showing a woman nude from the waist up, and allegations of abuse against women by law enforcement. Swear words include "a--hole," "hell," "f--k," and "s--t." Slur words include "give her hole," "prostitute," "retards," and "whore." Smoking is shown. Positive messages include the importance of media literacy and seeking out reputable sources in an arena of disinformation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Directed by Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), this documentary vividly depicts the oftentimes vulnerable occupational hazards of being a journalist. "Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries ... you're at risk the moment you walk out the door," says Sáshenka Gutiérrez, a photographer for EFE News Agency in Mexico City in Endangered. Such events, however, don't dissuade Gutiérrez. "When I was little, my mom taught me not to be afraid to tell the truth."
For dad Carl Juste, a Miami Herald photographer for three decades, involvement in the news business is rooted in a family tradition. His late father, Viter Juste, a Haitian-born activist and businessman, watched news programs with him. "That's the legacy," remembers Juste, "he's left for me." And like the film, Endangered aspires to share a similar and objective provision with its viewers.
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