1994, 37:00 minutes, colour, English
Taking Control is a documentary that looks at the lives of five street youth and their participation in an AIDS outreach peer program in downtown Toronto. Produced as a co-operative effort, with the youth involved in all aspects of the process from pre-production storyboarding to editing the final cut, the video follows them as they interact with other youth on the street, passing out condoms, and providing HIV education and empowering, non-judgmental peer support to those involved in the sex trade. The camera also follows them as they go about their personal lives, emerging as strong unique individuals.
This video provides a forum for them to discuss their lives, their goals, their powerful political visions and how HIV has touched their lives. It is a great educational tool, a touching documentary and a powerful manifesto for the voice of youth.
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