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Us Kids

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful doc on Parkland activists has traumatic situations.

Movie NR 2020 98 minutes
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Directed by Kim A. Snyder, this powerful film puts viewers in the mindset of the Parkland activists as they grow from grief-stricken teens to activists struggling with their newfound spotlight. Us Kids does a fantastic job of bringing the Parkland tragedy into the realm of the personal, forcing viewers to realize that these larger-than-life people we've read about in the news are actually young people who are simply hoping to live safely.

The film also hones in on the unimaginable amount of abuse the activists faced, particularly in states where gun reform is the most contested. Hogg, for instance, is derided as a crisis actor and faces multiple death threats for simply asking that machine guns stay out of untrained hands. That treatment, plus the teens' personal trauma, compound and show up in various ways, from fears of closed spaces and survivor's guilt to existential crises and fears of weakness in the face of adversity. The human toll of fighting for a just cause leaves a mark on the viewer, while the young activists' ability to make change against incredible odds provides hope for those who also want to leave their mark on society.

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